Napster Going Back to School

It will team with Dell to sell downloading servers to schools.
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caught a bid Wednesday after announcing an alliance with


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to package music-downloading servers to colleges.

The products will pair the Napster digital-music service with Dell PowerEdge 1855 blade servers as a way to widen the bandwidth dedicated to music downloading and prevent piracy. Dell and Napster signed up the University of Washington as the first customer, starting this fall.

Napster is returning to campus after reinventing itself as a legal conduit to copyrighted music files in 2003. In its previous incarnation, Napster's pioneering peer-to-peer client was the program of choice for on-campus music piracy through the turn of the century. That ended in 2001 when the recording industry got a court to block the service.

Napster was up 2% to $4.31 on Instinet.