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Song Swapping Slows In Response To RIAA

The recording industry’s legal onslaught against Internet song-swappers appears to be having its desired effect. The percentage of Americans who download music on-line has been sliced in half,according to a report released Sunday.

Only 14 per cent of Internet users surveyed from Nov. 18 to Dec. 14 said they sometimes download songs to their computers, according to the report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and comScore Media Metrix, a Web tracking firm.

The downloading figure was 29 per cent in a May survey on the subject, and also in February 2001.

The most recent survey did not distinguish between use of free,