Ruckus Digital Music and Entertainment Network Now Available on USM Campuses
ADELPHI, Md. (June 28, 2007) - The University System of Maryland (USM) has
contracted with Ruckus Network, Inc. digital entertainment service to provide
free downloadable music to students at its nine residential campuses. Students will
be able to access nearly 3 million music tracks and, for a nominal fee, more
than 4,000 movies, television shows, and music videos. The Ruckus Network
replaces the Cdigix digital music service which was discontinued in April 2007.
"Frostburg State University independently adopted the Ruckus Network in summer
2005 and are very pleased with the service," said Suresh Balakrishnan, USM
assistant vice chancellor and deputy chief information officer. "We now have an
agreement with Ruckus that covers all of our residential campuses. Ruckus not
only offers a free, legal music service, but also videos and social networking
features that will appeal to our students."
In addition to access to its
library of more than 2.8 million songs, Ruckus offers other services that can
be purchased for nominal charges. For those wishing to download songs to compatible
portable players there is "Ruckus-To-Go" for $20.00 per semester. Those who
wish to burn songs to CD can purchase tracks for $.79-.99 each and albums for $9.99 each on average. Students
can also access Ruckus' movie and video library for $15.00 per semester.
Ruckus' social networking
features let students create and share playlists, send
personal music recommendations to friends, build personal media libraries,
browse classmates' profiles, and meet new friends. All one needs to sign up is
a valid .edu e-mail address.
Ruckus is also available to USM
faculty, staff, and alumni for a subscription charge of $8.99 per month.
In addition to FSU, which
already offers Ruckus, Coppin State University (CSU), Salisbury
(SU), Towson University (TU), University of Maryland, College Park
(UMCP), and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) will join the
network this summer. Bowie State
University (BSU), University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and
University of Maryland, Baltimore County will be implementing Ruckus
for the fall semester.
For more information, visit http://www.ruckusnetwork.com
Contact: John Buettner