Monday, October 29, 2007

Saul Williams Sees Radiohead, Raises Them In Bitrates

Earlier this month, it was Brit rockers Radiohead who went upside the head of the global music industry and released their new album, 'In Rainbows' directly through a proxy website they set up. Making the album available through 160Kbps MP3 digital downloads at a name-your-own-price policy, they sold an estimated 1.2 million downloads the very first day.
Now avant-garde spoken-word poet/rapper Saul Williams is raising the bar that Radiohead set: Williams' new album, that Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails executive produced, "The Inevitable Rise And Liberation Of Niggy Tardust" will be made available several different ways from his website Niggy Tardust:
  • 192Kbps MP3 - if you choose not to pay a cent for it
  • 320Kbps MP3
  • FLAC lossless audio

All versions include a PDF with artwork and lyrics
All files are 100% DRM free, and can be played on any device. The last two high-grade quality offerings are available for some price that is not yet known.

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Monday, October 01, 2007

OK Consumer

Radiohead have always been ahead of the curve. The British band that defies categorization - do you want to call them rock, alternative, prog-rock, electronic rock, is it that important? - have completed their seventh LP, titled 'In Rainbows'
How they are releasing it is truly next-level: either by digital download or fans can buy the
£40 disc-box set, complete with vinyl records, CDs, a digi-download and a book to be shipped out in the beginning of December.
The digital downloads will be offered on October 10 through
their proxy site. Note I used the word offered; consumers will be allowed to offer a price for the music plus one small transaction fee. This will most definitely set forth new challenges for the music industry. Somewhere on the planet, near the holidays the band will be enjoying the outcome.

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