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Here are some articles pertaining to current debates and progressions that the world of music on the Net is creating. Because of the internet, the easy availabilty of any form of digital media is going to reform all that we know. Copyright infringements, easy purchase for a world-wide audience, and the rise of "web-contracts" are just a few of the many changes soon to come.

All Digital, All the Time

by: Jennifer Sullivan

"Cruising down the highway in Bigcity, USA, your radio picks up near-CD quality croonings of Bessie Smith and displays her name, the song title, and the album cover. You're heading toward the bridge, and you want to make sure there's no gridlock. You press a button on your car stereo and voila -- a voice reads you the traffic for the bridge only, immediately. Choose another station, and a stream of stock quotes scrolls across your dashboard.

It's not such a far-fetched scenario. In another year, it could be a reality, as traditional radio -- one of the last remaining analog industries -- gets ready to go digital. We've watched telephones go cellular, music go to the CD and DAT, and even television make slow progress toward a high definition digital future...." Check it out.

Music Battle Takes to the Hill

by: Declan McCullagh

"Supporters and opponents of MP3 trekked to Capitol Hill on Monday to square off in a briefing to senators and congressional aides.

Representatives of and the Recording Industry Association of America described digital music technology to the 120-person audience and spent 90 minutes lobbing criticisms at each other...." Check it out.

MP3 In The Kitchen

by: Lycos

"Korean based hardware company OREO has just launched the worlds first Microwave Oven / Mp3 player at the the International Kitchenware Show in Singapore. The microwave component boasts 750 kilowatt power and able to thaw a chicken in 6 minutes. The mp3 player is built in to the control panel of the oven and can download mp3's from a personal computer or a portable mp3 player...." Check it out.

IBM, Sony Address Music Copyright Issues

by: Elizabeth Clampet

"In an effort to address the copyright infringement issues that accompany the latest online music technology, IBM Corp. and SonyCorp. this week announced they will collaborate on copyright management technologies for digital music content.

Sony, in addition to its high-tech divisions, is also a top music industry player. The company will work with IBM to make Sony's MagicGate and OpenMG copyright protection technologies interoperable with IBM's Electronic Music Management System (EMMS), an e-business solution for the sale and downloading of music...." Check it out.

Pandora's Boom Box


"The folks at Diamond Multimedia want to sell you a cool new gadget: a $200 walkman-like device called Rio that uses memory chips to play highly compressed, CD-quality MP3 audio files. Compact and elegant, Rio was supposed to ship nationwide last fall. Instead, the Recording Industry Association of America slapped the San Jose-based company with a lawsuit that stopped the product dead in its tracks. Distribution has since gotten under way, but the struggle over the future of MP3 is just beginning.

Depending on who's counting, between 5 and 10 million people have already downloaded one of the many programs used to listen to MP3 files found on the Net. And many musicians - from garage bands to the Beastie Boys - now use MP3 to distribute their work...." Check it out.

Global Hunt for MP3 Pirates

by: Reuters

"The global music industry on Thursday outlined plans for a coordinated attack on Internet piracy, taking action against hundreds of outlaw sites in more than 20 countries.

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said its strategy was aimed at paving the way for artists and record companies to legally deliver music electronically around the world...." Check it out.

Attack on MP3 Piracy Escalates

by: Christopher Jones

"British and American recording industry groups have added their support to an international coalition's campaign to shut down Internet sites that illegally distribute copyrighted music.

The British Phonographic Industry and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released statements Thursday reinforcing the efforts of the International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI)...." Check it out.

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