New Radiohead and R.E.M. at a Nice Price

In case you missed it, Radiohead released today its new album In Rainbows. What makes the album remarkable, in part, is how it's being distributed. Buyers can go straight to the Radiohead web site (it's not available on iTunes) and download the album as DRM-free MP3s. And, what is more, they can decide for themselves how much they're willing to pay for the album. You can pay as much or as little as you want. That makes the new album pretty much qualify as a piece of "open culture." (If you get it, please let us know in the comments how much you paid out. We'd be curious to know.)

Next up, REM. They're releasing a live album next week (22 tracks recorded in album), but you can stream the whole album for free on Rhapsody right now, and the quality is nice and high. Source: Rolling Stone.

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