Thom Yorke’s BitTorrent Release Hits 1 Million Sales, Free Downloads
Thom Yorke's surprise album release via BitTorrent Bundle last Friday has surpassed 1 million downloads, according to the file transfer platform.
Thom Yorke‘s surprise album release via BitTorrent Bundle last Friday has surpassed 1 million downloads, according to the file transfer platform.
That figure for Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is actually about 1.1 million, according to the website’s ticker, and includes the $6 paid downloads of the full eight-track album as well as free downloads of the downloads of the single and video. BitTorrent has not revealed what the actual sales numbers have been, which also means Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes will not be included on the Billboard charts.
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BitTorrent confirmed to Billboard following Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes‘ release that the company will receive 10% of the money from Yorke’s sales — 5% less than BandCamp or BandPage and far less than iTunes’ 30% cut.
“If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work,” York said in a statement at the record’s release. “Bypassing the self-elected gatekeepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.”