More MP3s popping up before album releases

— 12:18 PM on February 19, 2003

As if rampant online music piracy wasn't a big enough problem for record labels already, artists are increasingly seeing their work available online long before albums are even released to the public. NME has a story on the latest victim, The White Stripes, whose new album became available to P2P pirates almost two months before its scheduled retail release.

Record labels have tried everything from sending out pre-release promotional material in glued-shut discmans to issuing vinyl-only review copies of upcoming albums, but low-tech solutions don't seem to be working. What's more disturbing, at least to me, is that music journalists appear to be responsible for the leaks. Can anyone be trusted not to put MP3s on the Internet these days?

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