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Open Season exposes the real price paid for Radiohead's new album

While Steve Ballmer threatens to buy O'Reilly's leftovers

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Radio Reg Forget the entertainment hacks. It takes a bunch of open source pundits to figure out how much people really paid for Radiohead's new album.

Well, in actual fact, it takes El Reg's own Andrew Orlowski who disclosed the Radiohead scoop on the latest installment of Open Season. To find out the real price people paid to download In Rainbows you'll have to tune into the show. I can promise it's a heck of a lot less than you thought.

Orlowski joined the usual Open Season cast of characters, including your reporter, Mulesource chief Dave Rosenberg and Alfresco exec Matt Asay. When not discussing Radiohead's release, we dug into a drunken Steve Ballmer's plan to buy Web 2.0, O'Reilly's ban on The Register, Amazon's fading one-click affair and patent trolls.

As always, you can find the whole list of topics discussed down below in the very, very detailed show notes.

In other news, and I swear that I'll only do this twice at max, my first book has shipped. It has the unfortunate name Geek Silicon Valley, which is my publisher's fault. Anyone interested in the history of the area, people and companies should check it out, and so should folks who want the juicy back-story on how Silicon Valley became such a dominant force in technology.

Anyway, on to the show.

Open Season - Episode 5

The faithful can grab the Ogg Vorbis file here, and those plagued by low-bandwidth can catch a smaller, crappier quality show here.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes here or grab the Arse feed here.

Radiotruth

  • Don't believe squat about the so-called average price for In Rainbows
  • The real price is much, much lower
  • Still, Radiohead will get rich
  • Apple is killing music sales via iTunes unbundling
  • BitTorrent taps a new CEO
  • Mulesource is jealous of BitTorrent offices and smoking ways

O'Hypey

  • Drunken frat boy Steve Ballmer threatens to buy all of Web 2.0
  • O'Reilly bans "ignorant, snarky and, um, . . . Reg from event
  • Amazon's one-click patent crushed
  • "Web 2.0 conference is crap and drivel"
  • Danese Cooper creates yarn-to-text engine

Random

  • Sun's Open Source ambitions
  • Ever changing strategy at Sun - hilarious
  • Apache's lead over Microsoft is shrinking - allegedly
  • Matt and Andrew spar over impulses and kernels and phones
  • More on the Microsoft and Baystar ties and Sun/MS love
  • Check out Nick Carr's blog and book

Thanks for your ears. ®

Register hack Ashlee Vance has just pumped out a new book that's a guide to Silicon Valley. The book starts with the electronics pioneers present in the Bay Area in the early 20th century and marches up to today's heavies. Want to know where Gordon Moore eats Chinese food, where Steve Jobs and Bono hang out or how Fairchild Semiconductor got its start? This is the book for you - available at Amazon US here or in the UK here.

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