I think this (and what Prince has done) are great ideas and steps in exactly the right direction.
Totally agree. Also one of those acts guilty of repackaging (ripping off) 'avant garde' ideas from genuine innovators to sell to their simpering fans.radiohead are boring simpering middlebrow cardigan thumbers
I understand what you are both saying. I think though that for change to occur there has to be collateral damage to other innocent areas of this industry. To use Simon Reynolds book title - rip it up and start again.
Radiohead and Prince are just ahead of the curve on this and quite logically making early moves. Whether this actually helps them in the long run remains to be seen. But what has gone before will be totally irrelevant if the industry goes down as many are predicting. The time of looking back is over.
Let's not ignore the boxset dynamic here. Radiohead's been making money off of overpriced unnecessarily elaborate packaging, artificially rare EPs and singles, limited editions etc. for a while, and this looks to be the same thing in action. Eighty bucks for a record? They have thousands of drooling fans who will automatically shell out for this stuff, I don't think their income from sales will suffer that much.