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Students Skip College Music Services

DaSenator Ruckus (not Uncle Ruckus... no relation...) (246 comments)

My university is attempting to get a Ruckus setup starting spring semester of the 2006-2007 school year. When their sales rep came in for a short question and answer period to speak to our RHA (Residence Hall Association. Think student congress, but for housing/dining concerns; that, and we actually get things done) general assembly. Everyone thought that this service was great until I asked a 2 part question.

"How many of you guys (the students) use iPods?"

The answer of course was nearly 75%. I then turned to the sales rep and asked him:

"Is your music fully compatable with iPods/iTunes?"

"...Um....no..."-The response I was fully expecting.

Of course, most people didn't understand that the music service that we would be using instead would have stricter DRM imposed upon it, versus the (relatively) lax restrictions used on iTunes AAC-LC files. Take a guess what the results of the vote were.

That's right, only two other people in a voting population of nearly 50 students joined me in voting against this proposal. Why? Are people genuinely so uninformed that they would purposefully cripple their personal audio devices? Is it that people are scared of the RIAA/MPAA?

Whatever the case is, I will still get my music from a vast and large repository, one with nearly unlimited resources. I can get this music in any bitrate that I want, and best of all, I don't have any DRM attached to the files. I'm glad that I work at the library.

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