For a monthly fee users will be able to listen to and download music without any imposed limits. Downloaded media could then be played on any device (iPod, other MP3-players, phones and computers). Those who regularly download music, but don't want to sign up for "unlimited" membership will have access to "basic" membership for a small fee.
Virgin and Universal can't say yet when the new service will be launched. The companies are currently in negotiations with british labels, independent recording studios and publishers (producers?) to rack up the biggest library possible for the service opening.
Virgin and Universal representatives are certain that their new initiative will aid reducing the piracy and will make many people abandon p2p networks.
Translated from russian. Original"
Twenty-five years ago, inside the bowels of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow, a young artificial intelligence researcher received his first desktop computer — the Soviet-built Elektronika 60, a copy of an American minicomputer called a PDP-11 — and began writing programs for it.
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