10/1 ‘Head Games
Radiohead surprise fans by announcing that they will release In Rainbows via the Internet in just 10 days.
A federal jury fines 30-year-old Jammie Thomas of Brainerd, Minn., $222,000 for illegally downloading 24 songs. It’s the first-ever verdict against a file sharer.
10/5 All Hands on Deck
An interoffice memo from Guy Hands, the new head of Radiohead’s former parent label, EMI, lauds the band’s move as ”a wake-up call which we should all welcome and respond to with creativity and energy.”
10/8 Another Nail in the Coffin?
Trent Razor announces that Nine Inch Nails are leaving Interscope after 16 years on the label.
10/9 Buy George
Most of George Harrison’s solo catalog hits the iTunes digital-music store, joining those of the other three Beatles; the band’s own output remains unavailable online.
10/10 The Price is Right
Eager fans download MP3s of Radiohead’s In Rainbows for prices of their own choosing.
10/16 Ray of Light
Leaving Warner Bros., Madonna finalizes a reported $120 million deal with Live Nation that includes three new studio albums, tours, and merchandise.
11/13 Turning a New Page
Led Zeppelin’s complete catalog will go on sale for the first time online; songs, ringtones, and other items from the band will also be available from Verizon Wireless.