Incidentally, I decided to pay 1.45 Eurobucks (I offered 1.00 and there's a 0.45 credit-card charge; I suspect you can pay 0.00 but it's still a 0.45 minimum charge).
If you plan to get a copy, too, here's their download website. It loads slowly, but way faster than I had expected for this event on release day.
Here's a track-by-track preview of the album by Rolling Stone magazine. Here's the Telegraph's story about this event.
Exciting! This is a great model for fiction, too, I think. I suggest authors look into this - a simple and cost-effective way to do this would be for authors to create a unified download site for their works so everyone wouldn't need to manage their own server farm the way Radiohead is doing. Authors, artists, and other content creators could also sell print, CD, DVD, and other media directly to customers for an agreed amount, as well, again cutting out the publisher/production house/label, distributor, and retailer in a single go.
To better consider this new concept, I've created posted a poll about this:
Do you plan to get this album?
Is this a viable model for other media, such as nonfiction, fiction, art, and movies?
If you've downloaded this album, how much did you pay? (This poll is only able to use whole increments; units are Eurobucks.)
If you've registered for this album or plan to do so, will you then post the music for free download elsewhere?
What are your thoughts about this free- or cheap-download offer? (If your answer is longer than 100 characters, please respond in comments.)