Radiohead caught some flak when they released their last album online as 160kbps MP3s a couple of months before a CD would be available. Turns out, they couldn't care less about FLACs.
We had a few complaints that the MP3s of our last record wasn't encoded at a high enough rate. Some even suggested we should have used FLACs, but if you even know what one of those is, and have strong opinions on them, you're already lost to the world of high fidelity and have probably spent far too much money on your speaker-stands.
It'll be interesting to see if this philosophy holds up as the band moves into more digital-only releases, as they've done with a couple of single tracks in the last couple months. It's all fine and good to not care about MP3 quality when audiophiles can just buy the CD instead, but what about when it's the only option? It's not just super nerds who would prefer at least a -v0 bitrate instead of 160CBR.
The whole interview is worth reading (it's a short one), as Greenwood discusses his personal listening habits and how the band listened to a bunch of 90's hip-hop via AirTunes while they recorded In Rainbows. [New Yorker via Kottke]