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Digital music: Industry answers

Some of the top executives in the music industry have answered your questions about digital music.

The BBC News website asked for your queries and gripes about the way new technology is being used - and the eight sharpest, most frequent and most important questions were put to the virtual panel.

Click on each question to read the answers.

Why should I buy music over the net when it's lower quality, more expensive and harder to move around than a CD? Alex Bennee, Manchester

  • John Kennedy, IFPI:

    You should buy music exactly the way you want - and you can. The great thing about where we are now is that there are more choices for music fans than ever before. From the top of my head, I can think of more than 10 different ways to legally consume music. You should choose the best option for you - but do it legally of course!

  • Peter Jamieson, BPI:

    No-one is ordering anyone to buy music over the net, but consumers have never had as much choice as to how they buy their music and that can only be a good thing. If you prefer CDs, by all means continue to buy CDs. It is an interesting fact that one of the fastest-growing formats is the seven-inch vinyl single. Consumers have indicated they like them and the record industry is meeting that demand.

  • Steve Knott, HMV:

    It depends what people are looking for, Alex. If the versatility offered by downloads is more important, and they are happy to listen to their favourite tracks on their portable MP3 player, then I don't think they will mind the audio quality too much so long if it's of a reasonable standard. If a fan is a particularly discerning listener and requires premium quality sound, then they have the option to continue with CDs or vinyl. Either way, digital music in my mind provides a complimentary way of enjoying music, not a compulsory alternative to it.

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