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 RadioheadÄôs terms—not some nth generation digital-to-analog-to-digital transfer encoded to an MP3, but a direct-from-source version engineered to the bandÄôs specifications.
It is, in a sense, the best possible leak.”