In the ongoing Spotify debate there are numerous sides to the story and an obvious elephant in the room. If you agree with my theory that the only reason you’d stop streaming your music is that you think it’s detrimental to your sales then the ‘elephant’ in this instance is probably quality and popularity.
If I’m being charitable perhaps Thom & Nigel’s project is not suited to streaming as it’s not music that benefits from casual or background listening, it requires effort, the repeated listens that few of us (outside the rabid fans) have time for. It is also – essentially – a solo project and these are never as successful as the artist’s main activity, the stuff they became famous for.
Radiohead is not just a band, it is popular and successful enough to be known as a brand – people have faith in it and the material released in its name. The same is not valid for any project undertaken by the individual members of that band. This is as true for Thom Yorke as it is for Mick Jagger, neither will ever sell as much solo as they will within their known quantity.