Napster to expand offering of music service to colleges

Wednesday, July 21st 2004, 10:16 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Dayton's Wright State University is one of several colleges that will offer students subscriptions to the Napster online music service.

The schools _ also including Cornell University, George Washington University and the University of Southern California _ will receive access to unlimited streaming and song downloads at a discount.

The universities are free to set the price students must pay for the discounted access. Penn State and the University of Rochester, which signed deals earlier this year, provide Napster service to their students at no extra charge.

Students must still pay Napster's regular 99-cent charge for a permanent download if they wish to burn the song to a C-D. Full album downloads outside the subscription service start at nine dollars and 99 cents.

The company estimates that more than 150,000 university students will be able to obtain access to Napster through their schools in the fall.