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Thom Yorke "Always Hated CDs"
Ben Hewitt , August 6th, 2009 09:17

Radiohead singer hails online distribution

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke has revealed a life-long hatred of CDs and claimed that online distribution is the way forward for the music industry.

Yorke, whose band were credited with revolutionising the industry when they released In Rainbows online and instructed fans to pay only what they felt it was worth, said: "Me and Stanley (Donwood, the designer) always hated CDs. Just a fucking nightmare. There's a process of natural selection going on right now. The music business was waiting to die in its current form about 20 years ago. But then, hallelujah, the CD turned up and kept it going for a bit. But basically, it was dead."

The singer, who also recently made a new track dedicated to the memory of the World War One soldier Harry Patch, added: "If you forget about the money issue for just a minute – if it's possible to do that, because it's people's livelihoods we're talking about – and you look at it in terms of the most amazing broadcasting network ever built, then it's completely different."

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