LOS ANGELES, CA Thursday Oct.11.2007 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- When Radiohead announced last week that they would be releasing their seventh album, In Rainbows, via their official Web site, there was much rejoicing and some debate about the future of the music industry. Fans flocked to the site to set their own price, which meant they could pre-order the album for as low as the processing fee of about 92 cents.

But a later announcement revealed something that made those that paid even little or nothing for the downloads think about canceling - the tracks would be made available in 160 kbps MP3s. All of Radiohead's previous albums were available as MP3s encoded at 320 kilobits per second - the highest-possible compression rate in the format, and 192 kbps is typically the lowest music downloaders have to face. Critics and fans alike are blasting the band for making this announcement after pre-sales began, and with only 24 hours to cancel orders before the album was released.

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