UNH Teams with Ruckus® to Provide Students Free and Legal Music Downloads
By Erika Mantz, Media Relations
November 21, 2007
UNH has reached an agreement with Ruckus Network, Inc., to provide free and
legal music downloads for UNH’s undergraduate and graduate students.
They can access the Ruckus service anytime – on or off campus – to
enjoy the full-featured music service.
Ruckus blends social networking features with a massive and continuously expanding
library of free, legal and safe music downloads. The first, college-only service
has already proven successful at over 173 colleges and universities across
the country, including Brown University, Duke University, Georgia Tech, Indiana
University, North Carolina State, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley,
the University of Denver, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania.
With Ruckus, students can legally download and share music, create play lists,
send personal media recommendations to friends, browse classmates’ profiles
and media libraries, and meet new friends. Students can also build their personal
music libraries from Ruckus’ collection of more than 3 million high-fidelity,
virus-free songs. Ruckus eliminates copyright infringement through its licensing
agreements with all of the major international record labels, as well as thousands
of independent labels and artists. Faculty and staff can also take advantage
of the partnership for a low monthly fee.
“Ruckus will allow our students to download legal, licensed and free
digital content, while sharing and discovering new music through the UNH community,” said
Tom Franke, assistant vice president of Computing and Information Services. “With
the Ruckus service, we are giving students a legal downloading alternative
that also includes social networking features found at popular sites. It’s
something we think will be well received on our campus.”
UNH was selected to participate based on student demand for the Ruckus service,
the school’s robust networking infrastructure, and a demonstrable commitment
to supporting legal digital media services through on-campus marketing. UNH
and Ruckus will collaborate to reduce campus network infrastructure costs and
enhance the user experience by improving network performance and distributing
additional video content on campus.
“We are very excited to make our music service available to students
at UNH, to help them discover and share new music,” said Chris Utah,
director of Campus Marketing at Ruckus. “We are happy to provide a full
featured digital entertainment service – and a safe and legal alternative
to file-sharing – at no cost to students or to UNH.”
Students can begin using the service immediately by visiting www.Ruckus.com,
clicking on “Join Ruckus” and entering an .edu email address. The
registration process only takes a few minutes.