Napster nails campus biz

Pact allows students to listen to unlimited streams for reduced rates

HOLLYWOOD — Napster has enrolled at six more colleges and universities.

Digital music service signed up USC, Middlebury College, Cornell, George Washington U., U. of Miami and Wright State as part of its strategy to make campuswide deals to reach college students, who are among the heaviest users of peer-to-peer networks to illegally download music.

Under the deal, Napster will charge universities what a spokesman called a “heavily discounted rate” per student off its normal $9.99 monthly subscription fee allowing students to listen to unlimited streams on their computers from the musicstore’s over 700,000 songs.

Students will still have to pay the full fee of 99¢ per songs or $9.95 per album to burn music to a CD or transfer it to portable devices.

Most schools are paying for Napster through student fees. According to a student survey conducted by Ohio U., which has not yet signed up with Napster, the charge would be $3 per month.

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