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CNET News.com: Study: Fans will find new ways to download music

Jul 27, 2000, 08:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Ames)

"Despite today's harsh ruling against Napster, one thing seems clear: People will continue to download music over the Internet."

"A survey released today by PC Data Online indicates that 60 percent of Napster fans would continue to download music even if the practice is ruled illegal. The study jibes with several other polls indicating that no amount of legal maneuvering will completely eliminate the "freeloading" of music from the Internet."

"The findings come as a federal judge issued an injunction today ordering Napster to halt its music file-sharing service. The service is the most widely known and frequently used means of downloading songs over the Internet for free, but other sites and technologies are rapidly gaining favor among music aficionados...."

"The recording industry is behind the times in terms of where the technology is," he said. "Trying to stop Napster is like trying to contain a wild beast. The technology is already there, it's growing, and consumers will continue to align themselves with it."

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