Major labels offer free songs to college students
The record industry has come up with an interesting new way to curb music piracy among college students: giving them free music. Four major record labels and a handful of independent labels have teamed up with a service called Ruckus to offer free music to any student with an e-mail address ending with the ".edu" suffix. The service is ad-supported and offers unlimited access to two million songs from artists as diverse as Daft Punk, Eminem, Johnny Cash, Madonna, and The Smashing Pumpkins. Students can only play Ruckus tracks on their PC, but for a $4.99-a-month fee, they can purchase the right to transfer their music to portable media players. Only PlaysForSure devices are supported, though, excluding iPods and Microsoft's Zune.