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University of Rochester offers Napster

With downloading becoming a hot-button issue on college campuses, the University of Rochester is offering free subscriptions to the online music service Napster as a legal alternative for its students, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Under the agreement, URs 3,700 on-campus students will have access to Napsters 500,000-song digital music library. Off-campus students, faculty and staff are expected to be included by Fall 2004.
With downloading becoming a hot-button issue on college campuses, the University of Rochester is offering free subscriptions to the online music service Napster as a legal alternative for its students, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Under the agreement, UR's 3,700 on-campus students will have access to Napster's 500,000-song digital music library. Off-campus students, faculty and staff are expected to be included by Fall 2004.

UR officials won't say how much they're paying for the arrangement, but Napster's premium service is $9.95 per customer a month. While listening is free, students can't burn the tunes onto CDs unless they pay Napster downloading fees directly.

Rochester Institute of Technology is considering a similar arrangement with Napster or another online music service. The school was subpoenaed last fall for information about a student who had “provided music for other students to copy over the school's Internet service,” according to the Democrat and Chronicle.