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Survey: Radiohead fans are cheapskates

But not me. I'm an idiot. According to a survey, two-thirds of the people who downloaded Radiohead's latest album, 'In Rainbows', paid nothing. Now I'm narked because I thought I'd do the decent thing and match iTunes' £7.99 an album, only to get stung for a data-handling charge. Radiohead, you owe me literally pence.

As my appropriately named colleague David Price reported a few weeks ago, Radiohead fans were invited to put their own price on the 10 MP3 files that made up In Rainbows. Radiohead must have been banking that people who regularly shell out for unadulterated misery in audio would prefer to pay more for the 'pleasure'.

Not so, it seems. A whopping 62 percent of the tightwad, tree-hugging quasi-intellectuals couldn't find it in their combat trousers to pay anything for their heroes' latest opus.

Indeed, according to internet monitoring company Comscore only 38 percent of Radiohead downloaders paid to do so.

The average price paid for 'In Rainbows' was a paltry £2.90. And even discounting those who chose to pay nothing, a hefty 17 percent of those downloaders who shelled out paid £1.90 or less. The tight sods. Twelve percent paid between £3.80 and £5.71. Which still leaves me looking like a twonk. Even in America, where the average price was a, er, whopping £3.85.

Turns out you don't always get what you pay for.

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