I can't wait.
I actually pre-ordered the download and paid for it. I haven't actually bought music in a long time (I support the artist by going to shows and buying shirts so don't give me shit) but I had to buy this cause its such a good idea that I hope will begin the change in how music is distributed. I'm not even that big a fan of Radiohead (I have all their albums but haven't listened to them in a few years) but I had to support this cause I'm so impressed.
Two interesting reads I found off greenplastic.com:
While many industry observers speculated that Radiohead might go off-label for its seventh album, it was presumed the band would at least rely on Apple's iTunes or United Kingdom-based online music store 7digital for distribution. Few suspected the band members had the ambition (or the server capacity) to put an album out on their own. The final decision was apparently made just a few weeks ago, and, when informed of the news on Sunday, several record executives admitted that, despite the rumors, they were stunned. "This feels like yet another death knell," emailed an A&R executive at a major European label. "If the best band in the world doesn't want a part of us, I'm not sure what's left for this business."
Labels can still be influential and profitable by focusing on younger acts that need their muscle to get radio play and placement in record stores — but only if the music itself remains a saleable commodity. "That's the interesting part of all this," says a producer who works primarily with American rap artists. "Radiohead is the best band in the world; if you can pay whatever you want for music by the best band in the world, why would you pay $13 dollars or $.99 cents for music by somebody less talented? Once you open that door and start giving music away legally, I'm not sure there's any going back."
and a kinda funny write up: