Thursday, February 26, 2009

No Cure for a Radiohead

Music is a business, and some businesspeople in the music world are experimenting with different business models.

And some are not, as Stereogum noted when it linked to an interview with the Cure's Robert Smith.

Smith is certainly not behind Radiohead's experimentation with new ways of selling music....

Smith said: "The Radiohead experiment of paying what you want - I disagreed violently with that.

"You can't allow other people to put a price on what you do, otherwise you don't consider what you do to have any value at all and that's nonsense.

"If I put a value on my music and no one's prepared to pay that, then more fool me, but the idea that the value is created by the consumer is an idiot plan, it can't work."

And yes, Musicradar and Stereogum noted that the plan DID work for Radiohead, but would it work for everyone? If it did, then perhaps you'd see everyone rushging to this model.

Time will tell if Radiohead is an anomaly, or the herald of the future.
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