DIGITAL MUSIC, RIGHT OFF THE NET

If the Web is alive with the sound of music, why can't you just down-load it directly onto a blank CD? In fact, you can--for a price. Writable (as opposed to read-only) CD technology has been available for years from companies like Philips, and the price of recorders, which until recently ranged from $1,000 to $1,200, has dropped as low as $700. Now Sony is aggressively marketing a minidisc recorder-player that sells for about $500. Blank minidiscs cost from $4 to $7 apiece--about half the price of the standard prerecorded CD.

But getting your hands on the hardware is only half...

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