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  Online pirates attacked with free music
Updated 03 October 2002, 07.38
Will and Gareth
You could download tunes by Will and Gareth

The record industry is taking on people who download music illegally from the internet by giving away free tunes.

From 3-9 October you can claim 5 of free music, and there are over 100,000 tracks to choose from, by pop stars like Kylie, Westlife, Will and Gareth.

  Click here to have your say about downloading music

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The scheme is being launched on Thursday - Digital Download Day - as the record companies try to find a way to get people to download music legally.

Special software will make it impossible to take the music without paying for it and that has convinced record bosses to hand over their stars' tracks.

The new system lets you choose from three different ways to hear your music:

  • Stream them to play them once - 1p per track
  • Downloading them to your hard drive - 10p per track
  • Downloading and then burning to a CD - 1 per track

But the people behind the scheme don't seem to have thought very much about kids using the service, because you need a credit card to register before you can get at the music.

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