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Net changes music-promotion tune

Retail giant offers MP3 downloads and preview copies of new albums by big-name acts. Yahoo launches a radio station, and the Grateful Dead offers free downloads, with restrictions.


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Recent events have proven that the Net is changing the music industry in fundamental ways. Retail giant is offering MP3 downloads and preview copies of new albums by big-name acts. Yahoo is launching a radio station, and even the Grateful Dead is getting into the act, with the surviving band members offering free downloads.


Artists pre-release albums on Amazon
Public Enemy, Cheap Trick, and Sarah McLachlan hope a promotion on the retailer's site will boost sales of their latest releases. Such promotions, observers say, could become a trend.

MP3 copyright lawsuit inches along
A dispute between two MP3 companies over alleged copyright infringement has taken a small step forward, with the accused stipulating to a preliminary injunction.

Yahoo launches Web radio service
The company launches Yahoo Radio, a service providing direct access to broadcast audio programming.

Dead grateful for MP3--with limits
The Grateful Dead wants to keep the "golden road to unlimited devotion" open to its fans online, but the band has found it has to update its mantra a bit in the digital age.