Legal Downloading Services Offered to College Students

Companies are responding to college students’ demands for music and media downloads by providing services for legal downloads at a minimal charge. Cdigix ( is offering students unlimited “tethered” access to more than 800,000 music tracks for $2.99 with a Ctrax music monthly service subscription, or individual downloads for 89 cents per song. Meanwhile, RealNetworks Inc. ( has created new educational pricing to encourage legal downloading among students. The company has struck deals with colleges and universities to offer its RealRhapsody downloading service, which contains more than 700,000 songs, for $2 to $3 per month.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2004 issue of THE Journal.