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American schools signing up for legal music services

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 13 Dec 2004 12:42 User comments (2)

American schools signing up for legal music services According to USA Today, several American colleges are signing up with legal online music services and expect to launch the services for their students by January, 2005 rather than by next semester (September) due increased demand from students.
Previously the adoption of school-wide licensing deals with likes of Napster have been driven by campus administrators willing to cut down their bandwidth requirements as use of centralized, legal online music service is bound to reduce the enormous P2P traffic many dorms and campuses face. But since RIAA's jihad against P2P users in the United States seems to continue forever, many students have become to realize that having an option to download legal tracks with heavily subsidized prices doesn't sound too bad. Specially after many of the recent P2P lawsuits have been brought against students themselves.

One of the winners in this new mass-licensing game seems to be a company called Cdigix which, unlike its competitors, also provides educational material and movies via its service. One of the universities to sign up with Cdigiz is University of Michigan which will ask its students to cough up $2.50 a month in order to use the service.

But there have been setbacks as well -- in University of California's Berkeley campus, only 1,000 of its 31,000 students have signed up to Rhapsody despite ths ervice costing only $2 a month for students.

Source: USA Today

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114.12.2004 19:22

Why the hell are schools so interested in delivering students music these days? It makes NO sense to me at all and "legal online music service is bound to reduce the enormous P2P traffic many dorms and campuses face" doesn't cut it either......$2.50 doesn't sound bad, but when you think about the DRM crap that they sell....makes you puke.

227.4.2007 16:14

It's all about making money--the schools I am sure get some type of kickback...
I switched over to a legal service myself recently. They have everything music, movies, software, etc...and they let you burn it to cd's, dvd's, whatever. Much better than napster and the so-called other "big guys":


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