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Major labels, composers warm to Net music

The traditional music industry finds a Net company it's willing to endorse as online offerings continue to expand and consumers clamor for access.



After some reluctance, the music industry's big names are taking notice of consumer trends--or demands--and backing a player in the digital music market.

"These investments in are also another significant sign that the entire music industry will be moving aggressively online this year."

- Rob Reid, CEO,


All "Big Five" labels, Madonna back
The traditional music industry throws its confidence behind the Net company, praising it for promoting "legitimate" music.

Net music waits for its cue (year in review) Novices and pros use high technology to compose
For those who bailed on fourth-grade violin lessons to play soccer or who didn't want to brave the occasional ridicule that came with joining the high school band, computers may offer a second chance at taking the stage.

Blocked students find backdoor to Napster
A sort of "free Napster" movement is surfacing to counter efforts by record companies and universities to quash access to the software, which lets online users swap digital music tracks.