The BBC Website article by Jane Wakefield quotes music industry watchers as predicting that in 2006 at least one major music label will release music in MP3 format (presumably on CDs). The article also contains a prediction that new P2P networks will appear in 2006 whose users cannot be logged or traced. Snippets:
Mark Mulligan, music analyst with research firm Jupiter, agrees that the industry needs to embrace the idea of free music if it has any hope of grabbing the next generation of music lovers before they turn to file-sharing.
"Grokster may be on its last legs but there is still massive demand for file-sharing and it is not going to disappear overnight," he said.
Next year, according to Mr Mulligan, there will be a growth in so-called stealth networks which perform the same function as existing file-sharing networks, but without the same ability to be tracked down.
"On some of these it can't be traced even by the programmer so the music industry will have no chance," he said.