updated 01:45 pm EST, Mon January 22, 2007
Ruckus Free Music Store
Ruckus today opened its free music service for college students. Hoping to offer a legal alternative to file sharing, the company says it will offer over 2 million songs from major and minor labels alike by supporting its downloads with ads on its pages instead of charging per track. The number of downloads and computers allowed is effectively unlimited, according to the firm. The system prevents copying by applying DRM, requiring that a subscriber's computer or portable media player have permission to play the Windows Media-encoded songs available through the site.
In addition to its music library, Ruckus today also launched a Video on Demand movie download service, which the company says lets students rent and watch major studio movies. The video store is available today for a currently unspecified subscription fee. [via CrunchGear]