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Ruckus Offers Free Music Downloads To College Students

HERNDON, VA, (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) -– Legal downloading music service Ruckus, is now free for all college students nationwide. The advertisement-supported music service has made itself available nationwide to any student with a valid .edu email address. The service also includes a social networking component as well.

Claiming a library of 2.1 million tracks representing catalogs from every major label as well as a variety of indies, Ruckus has brokered a deal with the labels and devised a system that the downloaded music will "remain tethered" subscription style to the computer that it was downloaded to.

Ruckus also includes a system for users to make media recommendations for friends at any college or university through popular email, search and contact management systems including AOL, MSN Hotmail, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo!, and Gmail.

"Free and legal digital music has just become broadly available to the most active and engaged music consumer group on the planet," said Michael Bebel, President and CEO of Ruckus. "This is a major milestone for Ruckus, but much more importantly, for the growing community of college and university students and faculty we have been interacting with for the past three years. We look forward to providing the same great user experience with an incredible library of content, to an even greater number of users nationwide."

The service has reportedly enrolled several hundred thousand users already. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers