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Net changes music industry's tune

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

 

  latest developments 

Recent events are proving that the Net is changing the music industry in fundamental ways. Retail giant Amazon.com is offering MP3 downloads and is offering 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 some free downloads.

"You're going to see tons more promotions. They're going to be everywhere."

- Mark Hardie, Forrester entertainment analyst

 


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

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.

 
  latest developments 

Recent events are proving that the Net is changing the music industry in fundamental ways. Retail giant Amazon.com is offering MP3 downloads and is offering 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 some free downloads.

"You're going to see tons more promotions. They're going to be everywhere."

- Mark Hardie, Forrester entertainment analyst

 


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

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.