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Downloading Music on Campus

Boot Camp feature for Friday, July 29, 2005

Downloading music on campus. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With college students being the core users of file swapping services…..which launched the whole controversy over the illegal downloading of music….more and more campuses have been looking for ways to keep themselves and their students out of trouble. A company called Cdigix….saw an opportunity there….and has been signing schools…including Duke and Yale…and most recently the University of California school system….for its services that provide legal ways for students to have access to the music they want to tap into on the Internet. Company president Brett Goldberg says in some cases….the cost is simply built into student fees…

"There's restrictions in some cases with what can happen to the content. They're downloading this media. And then what they can do with this media depends on the restrictions that the content providers have placed on us."

Cdigix has partnered with Creative Labs to allow songs to be ported onto its Zen Micro MP3 players. Students can also purchase music to burn onto CDs. It's similar to services from Napster or Real Networks…

"With that subscription, the student can download that music to their hard drive, but it's what's called a tethered download. That means it's locked onto their computer and it's effectively a rental model in a lot of ways."

Cdigix has competition in selling its services to colleges….from Ruckus Network and others. Both Cdigix and Ruckus are providing streaming movie and video services as well. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.