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Record industry gets its groove back

22 November 2004

Moves against illegal online music-sharing, plus a rise in legal downloading is stabilising the global music market after four years of decline, says industry giant EMI, who predicted modest growth in 2005.


The company, which represents acts such as Kylie Minogue, Coldplay and Joss Stone, is also seeing a dramatic rise in digital music downloads, both over the internet (especially via Apple’s ITunes service) and to mobile phones. Downloading makes up about 2% of the world music market, a figure which is expected to double next year, according to a report in the Guardian.


EMI tracks from the likes of Coldplay are already available on Vodafone's new 3G service and the company is looking to make its entire catalogue available. It is experimenting with several digital formats - its new Robbie Williams album is available on a digital memory card sold by Carphone Warehouse.

Alain Levy, the head of EMI Music, said: "I am a big fan of legal peer-to-peer music-sharing. Sharing is part of consumer behaviour and we have to find a way to fulfil that demand," he said.

Meanwhile, the release date of a new album by Eminem had to be brought forward due to bootleggers releasing their music online before the official release date, said a further Guardian report.

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