Online Music To Boom in 2004

Online music piracy isn’t likely to vanish soon, but the rise of paid o­nline services and the growing popularity of portable digital music players portends greater demand for digital music next year and better fortunes for the embattled recording industry, music executives said. Taking a mostly positive outlook o­n an industry racked by a three-year slide in CD sales, executives for recording companies and Internet music retailers told hundreds at the Music 2.0 conference in Universal City that o­nline music sales should take off in 2004.

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