September 03, 2004

FSU Enters "Deal" With Apple Re: iTunes

Florida State University forms an "Online Music Committee" to help figure out how to cut the rampant downloading of copyrighted music by students. The outcome? A "deal" with Apple Computer whereby FSU will distribute "for free" the iTunes software and let students download music for $0.99 each.

Here's the story in something called FSU News.

Scroll down to all the comments at the bottom of that page. Everybody's immediately asking, um, how is this a "deal"? Since iTunes software is already free, and it costs $0.99 for anyone to buy music from iTunes, not just FSU students. Is FSU really that dumb?

Or did FSUNews miss out on a key part of the story?

Here's the MacDailyNews coverage of the story, and here is the Tallahassee Democrat's take ("FSU cracks down on illegal file sharing and offers free music-swapping software").

It continues to amaze me that the music industry and the media completely overlook IRC. Who needs P2P for file-sharing when you've got more music than you can possibly ever listen to flooding through IRC channels? (Not to mention USENET too!)

Posted by brian at September 3, 2004 11:44 AM


I find this so funny that you are refering to a paper i use to work at.
Thank goodness I cannot take credit for the poor reporting that went on there (I was the production manager) maybe upper management will one day actually have the students research more than one source!

Thank you for you interesting commentary!!!!

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