Being from a rival school, I'm compelled to rag on FSU whenever the opportunity presents itself. How then, after reading this article in their school newspaper, could I not talk about it here? Some choice excerpts follow below.
In an effort to prevent illegal file sharing on campus, Florida State University is on the verge of finalizing a deal with Apple Computer, Inc. — a deal that would provide free iTunes software to students and allow them to download music for 99 cents per song.
I hate to rain on the parade, but, uhh, iTunes software is already free to everyone. Moreover, 99 cents per song is what it currently charges everyone. Let's see if FSU's man-with-a-plan can clear up some of this confusion.
Baker, the director of university computer systems at the FSU Academic Computing and Network Services Department, was appointed chair of a committee charged with finding a way to stop illegal file sharing on campus.
Baker said the idea originated from a concern for students who live on campus and download music illegally.
Good thinking Baker, I think you're really onto something. The students were probably holding out for the iTunes stamp-of-approval from the university, and now that they have it, watch out 'illegal' file sharing, these kids are ready to pay.
Baker said that students can expect to see the project go into effect sometime in the next month. The license agreement is currently under legal review by FSU officials and will close soon, Baker said.
*Psst* students... *pssst* You don't have to wait for the plan to "go into effect" to buy music through iTunes — Apple will take your money now! No questions asked. Tell them that FSU sent you and you'll be able to get your songs for just 99 cents each.
The guy on the Apple end of this deal was a genius.