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Major UK broadband providers are in talks that may allow users unlimited music downloads, it has been revealed.

According to the Times, record company Warner Music has confirmed that it is currently involved in negotiations with a number of UK internet service providers (ISPs) to develop a new business model for distributing music over the internet.

The publication cites an unnamed source close to one of the largest UK broadband suppliers, who said: "Conversations are definitely happening with Warner, but the idea is that eventually all the major labels will come on board."

Furthermore, a number of additional broadband suppliers have said that they would be interested in pursuing an "access model" deal for the sharing of music online.

Under such a scheme, users might be able to opt to pay an additional sum each month for unlimited access to an online music store.

However, one source said that for a project to be successful, other major record companies would have to sign up to the scheme to ensure a diverse catalogue of music was available.

According to a recent Guardian article, the music industry estimates that there are currently 20 illegal music downloads for every legal one.

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