Although Apple and Google have strong supporters all around the world, Thom Yorke from Radiohead is apparently not one of them. The musician recently spoke out against the larger tech-companies, blaming them for the current state of music.
It was during an interview with the UK based publication The Guardian, when Yorke spoke out against the tech-giants stating, “They have to keep commodifying things to keep the share price up”, he later continued, “in doing so they have made all content, including music and newspapers, worthless in order to make their billions”. Strong words indeed, Radiohead actually released one of their albums named ‘In Rainbows’ over the internet a few years back, bypassing traditional means at the time and only asking for ‘paid-what-you-will’ donations from fans of their work. Apparently the concept did not go over well, as the idea did not gain any steam in the industry.
Yorke later asked, “And this is what we want? I still think it will be undermined in some way”. Some may argue that pirating music from torrent sites is how fans are fighting back against the new monetized business model of today’s music. Others may think that the enormous success of Youtube and Vevo are simply replacing traditional radio, offering a larger audience and more access to the music fans love under a standard advertisement model. The video for ‘Lotus Flower’ can be seen below, from the official Radiohead Youtube page.
Regardless of how Thom Yorke feels about Apple’s and Google’s stronghold in the digital-distribution of music, you can find almost all of Radiohead’s major albums in both Apple Itunes and Google Play (including ‘In Rainbows’).