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ISU to offer Ruckus® digital entertainment service to students

Posted August 28, 2007

Ruckus Network, Inc., the provider of a multimedia network that supplies free and legal music downloads specifically for college students, today announced that its Ruckus® service is now available at Idaho State University.

Throughout the year, ISU’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 ISU 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 120 colleges and universities across the country, including Brown University, Duke University, Georgia Tech, Indiana University, North Carolina State, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, the University of Denver, Penn State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

With Ruckus, students can 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 can also build their personal music libraries from Ruckus’ collection of more than 3 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.

“I’m so excited to see Ruckus come to ISU,” said Jennifer Brown, ASISU President. “Congratulations to ISU for implementing such a great program for students, providing a safe and legal way to download and share music."

“We at Idaho State University are thrilled about our partnership with Ruckus because of the many advantages it provides to our students. Now students can download legal, licensed and free digital content, while sharing and discovering new music through the Idaho State University community,” said Randy Gaines, ISU chief information officer. “With the Ruckus service, we are giving students a legal downloading alternative that also includes social networking features found at popular sites. It’s something we  think will be well received on our campus.” ISU 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, according to the company.

“We are very excited to make our music service available to students at Idaho State University , to help them discover and share new music,” said Mairin Bzrica, director of campus relations at Ruckus. “Idaho State University students have been asking for Ruckus for months and we are happy to now provide a full featured digital entertainment service – and a safe and legal alternative to file-sharing – at no cost to students or to the school.”

ISU students can begin using the service immediately by visiting www.Ruckus.com, clicking on “Join Ruckus” and entering a .edu e-mail address. The registration process only takes a few minutes.

For more information about Ruckus, visit  www.RuckusNetwork.com or www.Ruckus.com.