DIARY: TOP GEAR - MP3

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.

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

a cult.



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.



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