Napster, Dude what the Dell?

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Dell and Napster were quick to put out a press release extolling how the two great companies will work together to offer legit music services to universities. Scanned the press release, and two words: what crap.

> Starting this fall, Dell will sell subscriptions to Napster’s digital music service to colleges and universities at a discounted academic rate through Dell account executives. Colleges will be able to use Dell blade servers on campus to store music from Napster’s library locally, allowing network processing speed to remain fast while hundreds of students simultaneously download digital music.

Apparently, Napster is going to use Dell servers to sell services to college students, who can by the way buy music from any one of the legitimate music services. Funny thing it is clearly cheap publicity stunt, and they got reams of it.

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I don’t quite understand this whole university market. Tell me againg why colleges are subsidizing music sales?

This is also another one of those classic “so and so can *now* use such and such” as if they previously could not.

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