Radiohead’s Thom Yorke made history when he released an album via BitTorrent, the system synonymous with music piracy.
Amazingly, Yorke made a deal with the online file transfer system to sell his album there instead of other places. Users will be charged $US6 to have access through software company BitTorrent to a paygated bundle of files known as a torrent, which breaks the files up into small pieces which are downloaded from one or more peer-to-peer sources.
The album Thom Yorke released, entitled “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes,” is his first solo album in eight years. It features eight songs and was produced by his longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich.
Yorke announced the album on Twitter, saying: “I am trying something new, don’t know how it will go. but here it is :)”
Yorke and Godrich said in a statement: “It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works well, it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to the people who are creating the work.”
Yorke and his band Radiohead have experimented with alternative distribution models in the past. They released the 2007 album “In Rainbows” as a download on their website, allowing customers to pay whatever price they wanted.
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