Oasis, Jamiroquai and other bands not tied to record labels may soon follow in Radiohead's footsteps by offering their music for free download, reports the Daily Telegraph. While fans may pay whatever they choose for Radiohead's new album, released today, a spokesperson says the majority of visitors preordering on the band's web site are bypassing the freebie in favor of the £40 box set.
Music downloads have grown from zero in 2003 to a 53 million last year; performers who give away free music expect to make their money from upped sales of concert tickets and merchandise. "Any big name that is out of contract … will now see it as an option," says a Music Week editor. (Read more digital music stories.)