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Radiohead abandons idea of In Rainbows free follow-up

Radiohead's in Rainbows freebie experience won't be re-enacted according to the band; no more free music from these guys, folks.

Back in October 2007, the band sold at least 1.2 million copies of their album without going through a record label but it also highlighted the fact that people chose to go illegal, downloading the music from P2P networks rather than from the website itself for free.

In an interview to the Hollywood Reporter, Thom Yorke, Radiohead's lead man, said that the giveaway offer was a "one-off response to a particular" situation that was not going to be repeated.

In November 2007, Comscore reported that around a third of Radiohead fans chose to download the album for free rather than putting some money in the Radiohead charity box

The band has been very quiet on the success of the whole experiment although in Rainbows enjoyed good sales both in UK and in US album charts

Earlier this week, Coldplay gave away its brand new single, Violet Hill, free of charge and devoid of any Digital Rights Management.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.