“Universities, caught in the crossfire between litigation-crazy record companies and music-swapping students, are seeking to appease both by rolling out a bevy of new, legal file- sharing services. Blake Premer, 19, isn’t buying it. The American University student turned up his nose Tuesday when he stopped by a campus booth to look over a demonstration of a new digital music service AU began offering students for free last month,” The Associated Press reports. “Premer sniffed that the service from a company called Ruckus Network Inc. doesn’t allow songs to be transferred to iPods, Apple Computer Inc.’s popular portable music player. ‘Everyone has iPods here,’ he said, ‘so what is the incentive to use it?'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Universities and colleges who go with a service other than Apple’s iTunes are excluding their Mac-based students (and iPod-owning students) while often charging those excluded students a standard fee for the service anyway. Why are such schools ignoring their Mac-based students?
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Apple launches ‘iTunes on Campus’ institutional site license program – April 28, 2004