Web Has Music Biz Singing New Tune

The impact the Web is having on the music industry is the focus of a daylong symposium being held at Cal State Chico on Friday. Attendees and speakers for "Music Industry 2000: A Symposium on the Future of Music Delivery" will include label executives, music Web site leaders, distributors, music software creators and agents.

Professor Paul Friedlander of Cal State Chico's music industry program says: "The Web is turning the music industry upside-down. The three Rs of the past 100 years--radio, record label and retail outlet--are giving way to a new business model that's still evolving."

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