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Radiohead to put "In Rainbows" on iTunes?

updated 09:45 am EST, Fri December 7, 2007

Radiohead and iTunes

Radiohead may break from its policy on digital music stores with the band's latest album, according to news from Billboard. The British group's current representation, Courtyard Management, tells the music chart keepers that discussions are underway with Apple to bring In Rainbows to the iTunes Store; though terms are still uncertain and have not been discussed, any resulting deal will require either Apple or Radiohead to make concessions, according to the report. While Apple has insisted that every artist available through its store allow individual sales of tracks that run under 10 minutes in length, Radiohead has so far only allowed its albums to be sold as a whole for artistic reasons.

The seemingly insurmountable barrier between the two camps has handed the advantage to rival digital online stores, particularly Amazon MP3 and the band itself. The former's flexible pricing scheme allows it to include album-only sales and offers much of Radiohead's back catalog with music label EMI in unprotected MP3 format. In October, Radiohead began offering In Rainbows in MP3 form using a set-your-own-price scheme which has reportedly been popular since its debut. Characterized as an experiment, Radiohead's own store is set to close on Monday to leave a window of about three weeks before the official CD release in the UK.

iTunes is currently devoid of the group's catalog outside of a small number of songs included as part of mix albums, such as the Six Feet Under soundtrack. Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser and videos of his solo performances of newer Radiohead songs are also available.

Apple has declined commenting on the progress of negotiations or mentioning the earliest possible date the songs could be made available, though the official US CD release is due in early January.




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  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Radiodreck

    I am one of the majority who paid nothing for their self-released version of In Rainbows. I got what I paid for. I don't remember ever hearing such garbage - please iTunes - Just say no - to Radiohead!!!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WTF?

    While Apple has insisted that every artist available through its store allow individual sales of tracks that run under 10 minutes in length, Radiohead has so far only allowed its albums to be sold as a whole for artistic reasons.

    Since when is every song available for individual sale? I've seen several albums that are only available for purchase by album. Or albums where one or two songs of moderate length are 'album only'.

    Oh, and the track length limitation is not 10 minutes. More like 6-7 minutes. But it usually depends on the album. Just browse the albums of John Coltrane, and you'll see what I mean.

  1. Bengt77

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: radiodreck

    Darn, I've come across a lot of people with debatable taste of music, but you beat all of those. Congratulations, both for not recognizing brilliant music and for being so subtle about it (not). Well, at least you voiced your opinion and didn't state it as being a set truth. Still, I'd say, check metacritic.com and see for yourself you're quite on your own in disliking Radiohead so much.

    Man, I don't know why I felt like reacting to your reaction, but it was just kind of screaming for it...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: radiodreck

    Still, I'd say, check metacritic.com and see for yourself you're quite on your own in disliking Radiohead so much.

    yeah, because if there's stuff on a web site, you know its got to be true!

  1. Bengt77

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: radiodreck

    I wouldn't say metacritic.com is just another web site, since it takes most, if not all reviews it can find for (in this case) an album and divides the total through the number of reviews listed. Quite a good way to get to the real critical value of an album, wouldn't you say? Of course thinkman is completely entitled to have and vent his own opinion, but in this case it just happens to be completely opposite to what most people and music critics seem to think. Weird, but interesting at the same time.

    So, no, when something's up on a website, it's not necessarily true, but when it comes to opinions/reviews, metacritic.com is not just any website...

  1. Rab Mush

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Okay, but how much $$$?

    [i]Quite a good way to get to the real critical value of an album, wouldn't you say? [/i]

    No, because whether or not an album is good is completely subjective and trusting someone else's opinions is stupid.

    And unless the album is hitting iTunes for free, not interested here.

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