Get set for a renewed kerfuffle this week around the latest version of the RealPlayer PC application – and specifically its ability to rip tracks from artists” MySpace profiles. This isn”t a new controversy, of course: it originally blew up when the new version was announced, with its ”Download This” feature to snag web video. However, the MySpace angle is still concerning labels, since with the free RealPlayer download anyone can go to an artist”s profile and download their songs (seemingly as MP3s), even if they”ve been locked in the MySpace player itself. We tried it out yesterday, and grabbed the two new tracks on Lily Allen”s player, for example. With a number of big bands streaming their new albums on the site pre-release, labels are getting concerned; though there are plenty of very easy to use streamripping alternaties beyond RealPlayer so the problem is unlikely to go away.

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