Monday, July 10, 2006

Students still want their music free

The WSJ article below was cited in the Chronicle of Higher Education's July 6 2006 Wired Campus blog:
The main reason for the legal services’ lack of success seems to be that students don’t want their MP3 files coming with strings attached. A recent graduate from the University of South California sums up the problem facing Napster, Ruckus, and Cdigix: “People still want to have a music collection. Music listeners like owning their music, not renting.”

Free, Legal and Ignored
Colleges Offer Music Downloads, But Their Students Just Say No; Too Many Strings Attached

Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2006; Page B1

As a student at Cornell University, Angelo Petrigh had access to free online music via a legal music-downloading service his school provided. Yet the 21-year-old still turned to illegal file-sharing programs.

The reason: While Cornell's online music program, through Napster, gave him and other students free, legal downloads, the email introducing the service explained that students could keep their songs only until they graduated. "After I read that, I decided I didn't want to even try it," says Mr. Petrigh, who will be a senior in the fall at the Ithaca, N.Y., school.


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