Dell and Napster Collaborate to Offer Campuses A Legal Way to Download Music

Dell and Napster Collaborate to Offer Campuses A Legal Way to Download Music

By Ronald Roach

Dell Computer company has teamed up with digital music provider Napster to help colleges and universities offer students a legal way to download music files.

The collaboration pairs Napster’s digital music service with Dell computer servers to help institutions increase network bandwidth availability, while providing students with a premium, legal digital music service virtually free of the viruses, spyware and other security risks that often accompany the downloading of unauthorized music. The University of Washington will be the first school to employ this comprehensive solution starting this fall, officials say.

“As a leading provider of technology to U.S. colleges and universities, we hear from customers regularly that illegal music downloads put them, their students and their networks at risk,” says John Mullen, vice president of Dell’s higher education sales dividion. “Napster paved the way for legal, subscription-based music services, and with this partnership, Dell is able to address what’s become a common [information technology] challenge for university CIOs.”

Dell and Napster plan to work together on sales and marketing. 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 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.

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