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Radiohead no longer eco-friendly happy chappys 08/04/2008

Posted by lmd64 in Uncategorized.

Much brouhaha has been made of Radiohead’s decision to sell their remix stems for Nude via iTunes at $5.94 for the full package (so to speak).

To be fair, this is, by in large, common practice for websites remixes, particularly in the sphere of dance music. Beatport have charged in the past for the privilege of remixing Moby & Booka Shade amongst others. They usually give away 2-3 free stems each time, but any additional elements are charged at $2 per stem.

I dunno, the whole “Radiohead=thievingbastards” hype about this is kinda moot, they pretty much give away their album for a nominal amount (I paid £5 for the 192kbps mp3s. That’s a fair price to me for a digital download album, no artwork/CD inlay for pore over), but when they charge for the remix bits, it’s like they’re being branded as worse than Starbucks, Halliburton et al.

Lots of CDs are coming out at €5 a pop with those awful “insta-remix” software packages on them, and they invariably have samples of hugely downgraded quality. You’re usually talking 128k mp3 or less. Assuming the Radiohead stems on offer are 320kbps, why not charge for them? You do get what you pay for.

Except for the fact that they’re using iTunes as the distributor, which makes them evil beyond reproach in my book.



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