You may have heard that Radiohead recently released a new recording. Currently, it is only available as a download from their website. This is no longer a new concept but what is unusual is that the price is up to the consumer. It's up to you to choose not only how much you're willing to pay but if you want to pay all. When I first heard about this I thought it was a pretty cool idea. Probably because if I was going to buy the download, I would be willing to spend a few bucks on it. I have never understood the mentality that music should be free. The artists spend money producing the recording, shouldn't they be able to make a little something from it?
I was very disappointed to read in a CBC article that 62% of people who downloaded Radiohead's In Rainbows choose to pay nothing for it. Seriously? Would these people have downloaded it if it wasn't free? Are they Radiohead fans? Do these people have any respect for working musicians? This figure really pisses me off on so many levels but mostly because it shows that our society in general has little respect for artists. I can only hope that when Radiohead releases the physical CD in December, that those freeloaders shell out the cash that the band deserves for their work.