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Music Download Insurance Lacking

by | 12th, July 2007

i-pod.jpgTHE jump from gatefold sleeves and ‘music-centres’ to MP3s and iTunes has been as revolutionary as it has been fast, however, a new report from the consumer watchdog Which? may well wipe the smug smiles of the faces of music download addicts across the land.

According to Which?, many music collections which have been downloaded over the internet may not be covered by computer insurance policies.

Less than half of the 46 insurance providers investigated in the survey actually provide cover for music and other digital downloads if their computers develop technical or virus problems and the collection is lost forever. Indeed, digital music stores very rarely offer refunds for lost downloads even though are well aware of the problem.

David Griffiths, editor of the music technology boffins’ bible, Future Music, says: “I know lots of people who have lost hundreds of pounds because their computers have broken. People know they should burn their music files on to a backup disc but they never do.”

While Abigail Waraker, editor of Computing Which? magazine, tells us: “Downloading music online is widely accepted as being the easiest way to buy music. But it seems insurance companies are determined to stay behind the times.”

The message is back-up. And then back-up the back-ups.

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