RealNetworks' Rhapsody has partnered with University of California at Berkeley and the University of Minnesota to provide students with discounted access to the subscription music service.
RealNetworks' Rhapsody has partnered with University of California at Berkeley and the University of Minnesota to provide students with discounted access to the subscription music service. These are the first two partnerships that Seattle-based RealNetworks has structured with universities.
This fall, students at both schools can subscribe to Rhapsody at a price at least 66% discounted from the service's normal retail cost of $9.95 per month. Each school is structuring its own specific price point in conjunction with existing student service offerings. Students who subscribe to the service can also purchase individual tracks for $.79 a piece.
Cal-Berkeley, home to 30,000 students, is offering Rhapsody to students for free through October 31, after which the discounted rate will apply.
RealNetworks' deal with the University of Minnesota (enrollment: 50,000) extends to its four main campuses -- Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris and Crookston. The school system will begin offering the service in early September. Minnesota students have the option of purchasing a monthly subscription at the reduced rate or signing up for three- or 12-month package subscriptions at a further discounted rate.
Both schools have been working closely with the Campus Action Network (CAN), a record-industry initiative dedicated to helping introduce legitimate digital-music services to U.S. campuses.