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Jul 09, 2000, 20:46 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Without the gloss and heft of a magazine, or the jewel box and liner notes of an album, a younger generation is, increasingly, expecting raw information and art to be free. In other words, it's the packaging that costs money. The words and sounds and images do not warrant a price tag."

"'Artists and programmers, we're not in the commodity business anymore,' [Red Hat chairman Robert] Young says. 'We're in the service business.'"

"[Cheskin Research's Steve] Diller adds that the pendulum of the music business might actually be swinging backward. 'You know, the music business before the 1950s relied on live performances, not album sales,' he says. 'Frank Sinatra was not concerned with the sales of LPs. He wanted people to show up at his concerts.'"

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