Fans of Radiohead can now download the group's latest album, In Rainbows, on iTunes, almost three months after it was released on the band's own website.
Back in October, the British band made headlines by doing a promotional experiment. Fans were invited to pay what they wanted to download the album, which has also been released as a CD this week.
Now, they can acquire In Rainbows on iTunes Plus, for £7.99 ($15.77 Cdn.) or 79 pence ($1.56 Cdn.) for individual tracks. Radiohead was one of the few major bands left that did not offer its material on iTunes.
The band refused to release figures for its experiment, only saying that 15 people paid the maximum, full price for the album while most fans paid nothing.
In related news, the band appears to still be fighting its former record label, EMI, which it left two months ago. Radiohead members said they wanted to have more control over the release of their future albums.
Thom Yorke, the band's frontman, has lashed out at EMI after a British newspaper report claimed the band had rejected a £3-million ($5.9-million Cdn.) advance for its new album and also demanded rights to some of its older material.
"Radiohead were demanding an extraordinary amount of money, and we did not believe that our other artists should have to subsidize their giants," an EMI spokesman told The Times of London.
This week, Yorke hit out at EMI on the band's website, saying that the band was "extremely upset" by the report and denying that it had made demands for lots of cash.
"What we wanted was some control over our work and how it was used in the future by them. That seemed reasonable to us, as we cared about it a great deal," Yorke said in his posting.
The singer blamed EMI Group chair Guy Hands for airing his company's "dirty laundry" and said it was "a very strange way for the head of an international recording label to be proceeding."