Marietta College partners with Ruckus for free, legal music downloads

Marietta College has partnered with Ruckus Network, Inc., to provide students with access to free and legal music downloads through a multimedia network designed specifically for college students.

Throughout the year, Marietta College's undergraduate and graduate students can access the Ruckus service anytime - on or off campus - to enjoy the full-featured music service.

Members of the Marietta College community can access the first, college-only service that blends social networking features with a massive and continuously expanding library of free, legal and safe music downloads. Ruckus has already proven successful at more than 100 colleges and universities across the country, including Brown University, Georgia Tech, Indiana University, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, the University of Denver and the University of Pennsylvania.

With Ruckus, students can legally download and share music, create play lists, send personal media recommendations to friends and neighbors, browse classmates' profiles and media libraries, and meet new friends. Students can also build their personal music libraries from Ruckus' collection of more than 2.75 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.

Marietta College 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. Marietta College 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 Marietta College, along with over a hundred schools across the country," said Peter Opere, account executive at Ruckus. "Marietta College students have been emailing us for months requesting subscriptions, and we are happy to now provide a digital entertainment network and a safe and legal solution to file-sharing - at no cost to students or to the school."

Marietta College students can begin using the service immediately by visiting Ruckus' Website, clicking on "Join Ruckus" and entering an .edu email address. The registration process only takes a few minutes.