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MP3 Losing Steam?

MP3 is still the overwhelming favorite of file traders, but the once-universal format’s popularity has been going quietly but steadily down in personal music collections for the last year, down to about 72 percent from about 82 percent a year ago, according to NPD.

The slow shift in MP3’s role is part of an ongoing change in the digital-music industry, with the focus moving slowly away from the anarchic file-swapping networks and toward money-making stores and services such as Apple’s iTunes Music Store.