Radiohead reaps just £1 per download
By Simon Aughton
Posted on 6 Nov 2007 at 12:29
Radiohead downloaders paid an average of just £1.08 for the band's new record, In Rainbows, reports suggest.
The band invited fans to pay whatever they liked for the album and according to market research firm, ComScore, 62% elected to pay nothing whatsoever, while fewer than 12% paid more than £4.
Despite this and the huge numbers who downloaded the album peer to peer, Comscore still estimates that the band made £1.3 million from the album.
Though the band's management would not confirm the figure, it did say that Radiohead were happy with the way things have gone and noted that traffic to the band's website had increased 11-fold and was prompting sales of the £40 discbox.
"They have garnered good faith with the music consumer at a time when it's all the rage to bash the industry and the artists who ally themselves with it," says ComScore analyst Edward Hunter.
"The high percentage of users actually paying more than a few dollars for this download is actually pretty impressive," says Jim Larrison of advertising firm Adify.
"I expected the vast majority of users to download the album for free or at most a few dollars. With 40% of consumers willing to pony up real money, this is a true win for the music industry as it shows there is still perceived value in the digital form of entertainment."
But New York venture capitalist Fred Wilson was downbeat.
"This shows pretty conclusively that the majority of music consumers feel that digital recorded music should be free and is not worth paying for," he claims. "That's a large group that can't be ignored and its time to come up with new business models to serve the freeloader market."
Is your business a social business? For helpful info and tips visit our hub.
- Move over Delia: IBM Watson is cooking tonight
- Eric Schmidt on the double-edged smartphone: friend and foe
- Getty joins the race to the bottom
- Hour of Code: five steps to learn how to code
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review: first look
- Sony Xperia Z2 review: first look
- Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 review: first look
- Nokia XL review: first look
- Samsung Galaxy S5 review: first look
- Nokia X review: first look
- Windows Server 2012 R2: how the Datacenter edition could change SMBs
- Invoices and VAT: how to set up your documents correctly
- Nexus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Active: the best phone for avoiding screen burn
- How much is a social user worth?
- The key to choosing a secure password
- Thunderbolt Bridge: a fast Mac migration tool
- Should you advertise on Twitter?
- How to track a lost smartphone
- Self-publishing success: the best way to sell your book
- 1.6TB SSD: why would you need one?