No-one was given copies of the album for fear of it being leaked
Last month the group released In Rainbows online and invited fans to set their own price.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Yorke said: "There wasn't any point. I just move some money from one pocket to the other."
According to one survey, three in five people paid nothing at all for it.
The project, which in October one of the band's managers Bryce Edge admitted was a "risk", was shrouded in secrecy.
"We had to literally tell no-one. I didn't tell my wife we were going to release it like this," said guitarist Ed O'Brien.