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Last Updated: Friday, 2 September 2005, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Stones fall victim to web pirates
Rolling Stones
The Stones kicked off their world tour last month
The Rolling Stones' record label is downplaying the impact of illegal web downloads of their new album which was put on the web ahead of its release.

Coldplay, Radiohead, Oasis and U2 are among the other stars who have fallen victim to internet pirates.

But with A Bigger Bang due out officially on Monday, EMI said it does not expect sales to be affected.

Rolling Stone fans can also already listen to all 16 tracks from the album on the group's official website.

The group kicked off a world tour in Boston last month. A Bigger Bang is their first new studio album in eight years.

Mick Jagger

"Low-quality" files of tracks from the album were found posted on the internet on 29 August, a spokeswoman for the group's label EMI confirmed.

"The material became available online after the songs were streamed on authorised websites and played on the radio," she said.

"It was a major achievement to keep this album secure so close up to the commercial release date."

The tracks posted on the internet are thought to be a mixture of recordings made from both the radio and websites, she added.

Falling CD sales have been blamed on piracy but the industry has been fighting back by prosecuting illegal downloaders and uploaders.




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