Radiohead Are Over Pay-What-You-Will, Want Fans to Pony Up

Remember all that talk about how offering music at pay-what-you-want prices was the wave of the future? Sorry — Radiohead now say it was a one-time-only deal.

Thom Yorke told The Hollywood Reporter, “I think it was a one-off response to a particular situation…It was a moment in time.”

All of Williamsburg is weeping.

So what was the problem with pay-what-you-want? Does this mean that the numbers for In Rainbows weren’t as healthy as reported? And what effect will this have on other name-brand artists who have been experimenting – or considering experimenting – with new models? Will this discourage Metallica, who said they were inspired by Radiohead, from going down that road? What about Trent Reznor, who’s been releasing new NIN material for free? For chrissakes, even the none-too-cutting-edge boys of Coldplay are giving away their single.

Thom Yorke, we don’t understand!!

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