Peter has written a lovely little piece about Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows. Everybody and their mom has touched on the overthrow of the big labels and the utopian arrival of direct-to-ear music subscription, but I thought this was really perceptive:

“They can independently master their disc and shuttle straight to their service provider, with no studio interns to smuggle a pre-master or studio reps to swipe a final copy.

Furthermore, fans get the music on Radiohead‚Äôs terms—not some nth generation digital-to-analog-to-digital transfer encoded to an MP3, but a direct-from-source version engineered to the band‚Äôs specifications.

It is, in a sense, the best possible leak.”

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