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(free registration required): Record-industry executives and online music companies are quietly working with colleges and universities to of…

(free registration required): Record-industry executives and online music companies are quietly working with colleges and universities to offer legitimate sources of free or deeply discounted music to students if the schools agree to take steps to deter piracy on campus networks…a trial run may be launched by early next year.

The cost, typically $5 to $10 a month, would be waived, discounted or buried in the students’ activities fees. If they wanted to buy songs to burn onto CDs or transfer to portable MP3 players, students would pay $1 or less per track.

At least one music service, Roxio’s Pressplay, has been wooing colleges for about a year.

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