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At Apple Computer's online music store, you can buy and download a half-million songs for 99 cents apiece, including "Silence," by Bill Schaeffer; "Silence," by Ciccone Youth; "One Minute of Silence," by Project Grudge; and three different Slum Village tracks titled "Silent." All are, indeed, silent. In most instances, according to the tech news service CNET (, the musicians placed a pause between songs on the CD, and the record company--unwittingly? greedily? puckishly?--told Apple to treat it as a separate track. "For those looking for the best value," reports CNET, "Schaeffer offers nearly two minutes of silence, almost twice as much as any of the other tracks." Equally alluring, though, Slum Village's silent tracks come in both explicit and child-safe versions.

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Title Annotation:Findings
Publication:The Wilson Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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