Pennsylvania State University Has Signed a Deal with Online Music Purveyor, Napster
Dvorak, Blake D., Consumers' Research Magazine
Pennsylvania State University has signed a deal with online music purveyor, Napster, to offer free access to music over the Internet to students, starting next January. The deal is being celebrated by university and Napster officials, as well as executives in the recording industry, as a great first step for providing students with a legal alternative to unlicensed music downloading through file-sharing systems like Kazaa, reports CNET News.
Under the program, students will have access to Napster's recently launched music-subscription service over dormitory ethernet lines as part of their pre-existing information technology fees. There are limits, however. While students will be able to "stream" online music over their computers for free, burning music to CDs and transferring to MP3 players will still cost students $0.99 per song, and about $9.95 per album.
University officials are hoping that the new deal will head off potential law suits that the recording industry has used to stop illegal downloaders, many of whom are college students. …