Free Music Online

A hot format makes CD-quality tunes available on the Net. Is the record industry doomed?

I have seen the death of the recording industry: its name is MP3. Now, I should admit that my death notices have been notoriously premature. At various times in my crystal-ball-gazing career, I have predicted that the Internet would knock dead newspapers, magazines, TV, the U.S. political system and America Online--all enterprises that are apparently healthy. So far. But this time I mean it. Never mind what the abbreviation stands for; MP3 refers to a technology that allows you to squeeze CD-quality music down to less than a tenth of its digital size, while retaining virtually all of its lovely sound....

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