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Chili Pepper Bassist Complains Over Early Net Downloads

The sound quality of the stolen version of the band's unreleased album--a version now available over the Internet--isn't even close to what the new album is really like, according to a Chili Pepper band member.

Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist, Flea, is hot under the collar about Internet distribution of the band's unreleased album.

"Yes, we worked for a year and a half to make the epic record of our lives and it is sad to me for the business reasons of course," the bassist, Michael Balzary wrote Tuesday. "I think we are selling something really cool and we put all we had into it, 28 songs, two hours of the best that we can offer, and I think it is a fair deal for everyone, and for people to just steal a poor sound quality version of it for free because some a------ stole it and put it on the Internet."

The album, Stadium Arcadium, is due out next Tuesday, but Balzary said he believes a copy can be downloaded free over the Internet. The Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 makes the practice illegal.

Balzary said that people who download the music hear "a pale imitation of the record." He said members of the band spend a year of long days and nights making sure "every little sound was right," and that the knockoff cannot present the work the way the band meant it to sound. He urges fans to be guided by conscience.

Apple is legally selling downloads and concert tickets through iTunes.

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