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Spotify is a free digital music library that could be the next big thing—and it's legal

By Joy Lo Dico   March 2009

“Who are the Beatles? They’re not on Spotify.” In another ten years the kids listening to music pouring out of their computers, mobiles and iPod touches will shrug in bafflement at the mention of the world’s most famous pop group, if it remains aloof from the latest advances in the digital music revolution. Spotify is a neat little computer jukebox that may soon make both iTunes and CD collections defunct. More to the point, it’s in the vanguard of a music distribution model that may resolve the battle between copyright-protective music companies and next generation Napster pirates.

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