Indiana University’s Student Affairs office has decided to bring in a way for kids to download their music legally on campus. Starting on October 16, the students will be able to use Ruckus for free to access their favorite songs. IUSA aims to give the kids a safe and legal way for them to download their music.
Out of the many music sources they chose to go with Ruckus. They were chosen because they appeared to be the most user-friendly and had the highest user ratings. In fact, they are the service used by the University of Southern California, Wisconsin and University of North Carolina. iTunes was considered but passed over because they wanted to charge the students a rate higher than their normal pay-per-song rate.
The service is free to all Indiana University-Bloomington email account, even those who live off campus. All they need to do to access the service is log-in using their university email address and chosen password. They will then have access to the over 1.5 million songs in the Ruckus database.
Songs can be downloaded to their laptops or PC’s but not to the iPods. A fee of $20 a semester is charged if the student wants to transfer any of the music to any music player other than the iPod. Ruckus works with both windows and MAC though a special program has to downloaded by MAC users beforehand.
The service is free only as long as they are students of IU. When they graduate, their email address will automatically be deactivated and would no longer work. They will still be able to access the service and keep the music they downloaded simply by paying $9. They can also pay an additional $15 a semester to access the video database as well.