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Music Industry To Test Online Delivery

Techstination feature for Tuesday, February 9, 1999

The music industry battles online piracy. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. On the Internet, what are called MP3 music files are all the rage. They can be easily created from music CDs and posted online. You can play them on computers or on handheld digital devices like the Rio, from Diamond Multimedia. The sound quality is pretty good.... (sound) What can the music industry do? Five major record companies are joining with IBM in a trial that will offer a group of consumers in San Diego with high speed cable modems....the ability to download music faster and with better quality. The hope is...they'll be willing to pay for it. Paul Vidich of Warner Music says the idea is to make it easy ...

"In the future, when a consumer goes to an online music store he or she will have two choices. One choice will be to click the button that says send me the CD. The other choice will be to click a button that says download the music to my home in four minutes."

(sound) The music could then be played on PCs or written to CDs o MiniDiscs. There will be built in digital copyright protection. The music industry acknowledges it is hard to compete with free, as most MP3 files are on the net. But that doesn't make them legal. And the hope is offering an easy to use, high quality system, will help keep honest people, honest.