Penn State launches pilot Napster service for students

Tuesday, January 13th 2004, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(State College-AP) -- Penn State officials say the launch of Napster's online music service for Penn State students generated about 100,000 downloads or streaming-audio requests today, three days after its debut.

As spring semester classes got under way today, more than 2,600 students had registered for the Napster 2.0 service, which comes free with their tuition. All 17,000 on-campus resident students are eligible to use it.

The first of its kind in higher education, the service is designed to curb students' use of illegal music sharing and piracy. Peer-to-peer file sharing sites have generated lawsuits against users filed on behalf of recording artists.