If you haven’t heard about MP3, you’re either an old duffer who
refers to bands as ’beat combos’, or you’re so out of touch with what’s
happening online that you need to get a life, man.
MP3 is a format that allows you to download music from the web. It’s
cutting edge and a bit black market - if you’re downloading pirated
stuff that you should be buying in the shops - so of course it’s become
Peoplesound.com is probably the best of the legal sites, enabling you to
download tracks by unsigned bands (at number five this week, Beep Beep
Cyberbaby by the terrifyingly named Elks Skiffle Group). Until recently
there was only one MP3 portable player on the market - the Diamond Rio
500 - but new machines seem to be coming along all the time, notably the
Schneider MPMan F20 and the Sony Music Clip.
Needless to say, all this has the big music corporations scared
shitless, and EMI and other labels recently launched the Secure Digital
Music Initiative , so they can: a) make some money out of the MP3 boom;
and b) ensure that skiffle never, ever makes a comeback.
MP3 pounds 0.00
- to the annoyance of Sony, EMI, Virgin, HMV etc. etc.