Yes I Wrote about a week ago that the Radiohead album was coming out today and that it would only be available on their website and that it was a pay what you want deal (that would be here).
Well it comes as no surprise to anyone that it came out today and their site was so flooded with people trying to download it. After 6 hours of trying I was finally able to get through (there was a bit of a disconnect between items actually getting into my “basket” so I couldn’t “pay”).
When I did get through though it was easy as pie. Put the disc in my basket, clicked on checkout, created an account and paid $0.00. The website then gave me a link to download a zip file (I am on a T1 connection, the 48.8 zip file took less then 1 minute to download) which I opened, copied into iTunes and now have the pleasure of listening too.
While it doesn’t surprise me too much that the site was excessively slow today, it does surprise me that there wasn’t more planning ahead for such network slow down. Billed time and time again as the most popular band in the word you would think Radiohead would have significantly beefed up its servers for this release. I’d have no complaints if this were the direction music releases were to go in.