News Burst: Music industry ripping off consumers

How much did you pay for your last CD? £14.99 or more? You're being ripped off... Richard Barry reports

Joe consumer is being ripped off every time he walks into a retail music outlet, according to delegates at the nme.con NetSounds conference in London Monday.

Amid calls for a digital panacea to the increasing threat of Napster and its open source equivalent Gnuttella, delegates debated why it is people are downloading thousands of megabytes of MP3 each day. Arguments centred around the moral dilemma -- or not -- facing consumers who "choose to rip off musicians", as Fionnuala Duggan, VP of New Media at EMI Recorded Music, put it.

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