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MP3 at the heart of Net music debate

The RIAA has insisted that it is not against MP3, but it is considering suing Lycos over use of the technology, and it is blaming the format for a slump in CD sales among 15- to 24-year-olds.

The MP3 audio compression format always seems to be at the center of debate when it comes to online delivery of music. The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents U.S. record labels, has insisted publicly that it is not against the format, but it is considering adding Lycos to the roster of defendants in lawsuits it has filed over use of the technology, and it is blaming MP3 for a slump in CD sales among 15- to 24-year-olds.

Music industry blames MP3 for sagging sales
The Recording Industry Association of America is "puzzled" by a slump in CD sales among 15- to 24-year-olds--and it is pointing a finger at MP3.

RIAA threatens to sue Lycos over MP3
Frustrated in its negotiations over the company's use of a controversial online audio technology, the U.S. recording industry considers a lawsuit against the Internet portal company.

Gateway CEO boosts MP3.com board
Gateway chief executive Ted Waitt joins the board of directors of MP3.com, bolstering the company's executive team in another milestone for the music site.