Well, ask and ye shall receive. It appears that Radiohead is continuing the experiment it started with the release of “In Rainbows” by releasing one of their songs’ source tracks. The band has released five “stems” to the song “Nude” (one for each of the bass, voice, guitar, strings/fx and drums) for their fans to remix and upload to the site – they’re even releasing a Garageband source file for the track to ease the remixing process.
It’s an interesting experiment, but the price point seems a bit off – $6 for all of the tracks! And the terms indicate you have no rights whatsoever, even to the remix you create. I’m not sure how this will be received, but I’ll be watching with interest. Maybe if it’s successful, the labels will open up the back catalogs, drop the price point, and offer some additional licensing options.