Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Indiana Bans Internet Music Software after Heavy Use Slows Network

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Indiana Bans Internet Music Software after Heavy Use Slows Network

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University has banned students from using an Internet search tool for the popular MP3 music program due to persistent cyberspace traffic jams.

University computing officials set up a filter last month that began blocking the use of Napster, an Internet tool for searching out and playing music in the MP3 format.

The Napster application for MP3, which allows users to instantly hear music over the Internet, had become so popular that at times its users accounted for 55 percent of the traffic on the university's computer network, says Mark Bruhn of the university's Information and Technology Services.

The heavy use slowed down other users and was beginning to interfere with research and work-related use on the network.

"This is 55 percent that can't be used for something else," Bruhn says.

Napster is a popular Internet tool for searching out and playing music in the MP3 format, which makes music files smaller and easier to distribute over the Internet while still delivering CD-quality sound. …

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