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If the record business is to thrive, it must embrace the digital-music format

Brian Crissie has eight compact disks, each loaded with about 80 songs by the Dave Matthews Band, a popular rock group that Crissie worships. But Crissie, a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Chicago, didn't buy any of these CDs. The songs were downloaded from the Internet and then copied onto recordable disks by a college buddy. "He had hundreds and hundreds of songs," Crissie says, "and I was like, `Wow, I'd like to be able to do that."'

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