Thom Yorke, RadioHead frontman, just said the band won’t be repeating its initiative to let fans pay what they want for their downloads.
When In Rainbows came out last October, RadioHead shook the whole music industry by letting its fans pay whatever they wanted to download the album. The band has not communicated whether the initiative was a success or a failure.
Given their decision, I would assume it was not that much of a success.
The groundbreaking move towards potentially free music has been adopted by a number of artists including Prince and Nine Inch Nails. Most recently fellow English rockers Coldplay said Monday that they would give away its new single “Violet Hill” free of charge, resulting in the group’s Web site crashing the next day due to demand.