More than 13,000 Penn State students subscribe to Ruckus

September 04, 2007

University Park, Pa. -- Maybe summertime memories have you yearning to listen one more time to that ubiquitous Avril Lavigne track. Or maybe some Jay-Z would get you moving in the morning. Perhaps you'd like a few new Guster songs to get ready for the band's Oct. 4 concert at the Bryce Jordan Center. Whatever the genre, Penn State and Ruckus have it covered. And there are movies, too.

In May, Penn State announced the University would begin supporting a new digital media entertainment service. The partnership is designed to provide all Penn State students with free access to the premium Ruckus service, while allowing the University to provide its students with a fully-featured and expanding digital entertainment service. Ruckus members have downloadable access to nearly 3 million songs, the ability to connect through social networks and the option to download full-length feature films, as well as short-form video, including action sports clips and music videos.

So far, 13,592 Penn State students have already registered for Ruckus.

All enrolled students are able to use Ruckus to legally download and share music, create playlists, send personal media recommendations to friends and neighbors, browse classmates' profiles and media libraries and meet new friends. Students also can build their personal music libraries from Ruckus' collection of nearly 3 million high fidelity, virus-free songs.

In 2001, Penn State launched a partnership with Napster to provide a legal download music service, making Penn State the first institution of higher education in the nation to offer a legal digital music service to its student community. Penn State students on average collectively accessed 2 million songs a week with Napster.

Ruckus continues the University's policy to offer legal downloading options to Penn State community members, as an alternative to illegal file-sharing sites. Students who have been found downloading or distributing media illegally may lose network access privileges at Penn State and could face a lawsuit from agencies such as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In July, more than two dozen Penn State students were among those at 23 colleges and universities receiving the latest wave of letters from the RIAA offering the chance to settle copyright infringement claims.

For more on Penn State's recommendations regarding campus downloading, visit online.

To get started with Ruckus, view frequently asked questions or suggest a song, visit online.

Penn State also earns considerable savings in the switch to Ruckus. Since the annual cost of offering a legal music service was previously covered by a portion of students' information technology fee, the change to Ruckus allows the University to apply IT fees previously spent on music services to student multimedia services, and emergency reporting services.

A portion of those savings will be applied to Digital Commons, a university-wide initiative to help enrich students' educations by creating digital content for their coursework. The Digital Commons will provide all campuses within Penn State with a common set of computing tools, a common set of support materials, and a common set of opportunities to create digital media of all kinds. In addition, the University's IT Fee continues to play a key role in supporting numerous resources at Penn State including ANGEL, Internet access, e-mail, computer security, IT help, cutting-edge software, the ITS Computer Labs, WebMail, podcasting, PSUTXT messaging, eLion, library resources, student outreach, and wireless technologies. To learn more about the valuable services and tools covered by the University's IT Fee, go to

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Last Updated March 19, 2009