Napster has inked a deal with IBM that will help universities, ISPs and businesses conserve bandwidth as students, employees and others download and stream digital music.

Napster has inked a deal with IBM that will help universities, ISPs and businesses conserve bandwidth as students, employees and others download and stream digital music.

Bulk users of the digital music service can choose to store popular Napster content on-site in IBM servers managed by Napster. Storing popular music on managed servers cuts down on the need of Napster users to access content via the normal Web.

The University of Rochester, which has a previously announced distribution deal with Napster, plans to install the servers for its students.

"We set out to alleviate the technical and business strains illegal file sharing puts on Universities and ISPs," says Napster CTO Bill Pence in a statement.