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Jan 20, 2005, 10:54 AM
Category: Tunes
Link: Campus debate over Napster continues as test reaches halfway mark (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050120115457)
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Jan 20, 2005, 12:01 PM
Category: Tunes
Link: Campus debate over Napster continues as test reaches halfway mark (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050120115457)
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I really think these campus subscription program are one of the smartest things the Napster people have done. This is one of the reasons I think Apple should at least offer a subscription service, because as this article points out, Cornell wanted to go with iTunes, but they have no equivalent service. Now Napster has 30,000 people who have tried out their service, a significant portion of who wile likely become paid subscriber upon graduation.

Jan 20, 2005, 12:19 PM
Apple's got a program now where universities can buy song codes in bulk. (http://www.apple.com/education/itunesoncampus/)

Discounts are evidently available at high volume.

Jan 20, 2005, 12:35 PM
Whoops. Please delete.

Jan 20, 2005, 12:49 PM
Here at the University of Rochester, almost no one uses Napster, and our contract trial is up in like 2 months--most people continue to use other methods of getting music, like iTunes Shares, and other services *ahem*.

It's rather sad, but yeah--although I'm not analyst, I'd think that Apple would like to capitalize on a prime market in college students--just because they won't do anything for you this quarter or the next doesn't mean that a little bit of direct experience with your products won't go a long way. These kids (myself included) will soon be out in the marketplace with their own income and purchasing decisions--why not hit them hard and fast instead of JUST attracting buyers from the iTunes/iPod halo?

Regardless of how much many of these people use iTunes every day and love it, they still have preconceived notions about the platform that keep them from buying.

Jan 20, 2005, 01:34 PM
I am a Cornell alum (undergrad and law, go figure!) and an obvious card-carrying Mac advocate. However, I think that the University has no business in promoting, via contract, any particular service for legal online music downloads. What is the University's compelling interest? To minimize heavy bandwidth associated with the illegal file sharing? Well that is fair, but the best solution would be to promote all the services available and implement other technological "incentives" or "disincentives" to control file sharing and external traffic. (Which is why I think Apple would be best to make a pitch to all University IT professionals that iTunes' radio and music sharing features are the perfect solution to minimize external traffic and is "FREE" to students and the University, rather than establish a Napster-like subscription service!)

In the end, using student activity fees to fund Napster's "promotion" is neither practical nor necessary.

Jan 20, 2005, 05:01 PM
Is it impossible to go to college and focus on the courses/education instead of downloading music/filesharing?

It is good to see the mac users making themselves heard at Cornell though.