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Low-cost music downloading comes to Temple

Temple University has selected Cdigix, the leading college and university provider of digital media services, to deliver legal music downloading to the Temple community.

Temple students, faculty and staff will have access to Cdigix’s digital music service, called Ctrax, featuring an extensive catalog of 2.2 million legally downloadable songs.  Those who sign up now will be entitled to use the service for free until March 1.

During the free trial, you can easily listen to as much music as you want, or download the music files via a special “tethered” process that allows you to play the music on up to three computers of your choosing. You may also purchase individual tracks or entire albums and burn them to a CD or transfer them to a portable player.

“Temple University’s policy on illegal downloading of music is simple — it is not permitted,” said Timothy C. O’Rourke, vice president of Computer and Information Services. “But music is an important element that contributes to socialization and quality of life. Our contract with Cdigix provides our students with a safe, legal and economical alternative to breaking the law. We are among a handful of universities across the country that have chosen to use technology to enrich the university experience with music delivered directly to our students.”

At the conclusion of the free trial period, you may elect to continue your subscription for a nominal charge. To learn more about the program or to sign up for the free trial, go to http://cs.temple.edu/ctrax.

Students check out TECH Center opening week

The start of the spring semester brought a busy opening week for the TECH Center. More than 12,250 students flocked to the new facility to try out the state-of-the-art technology, experience the Internet lounge and relax with friends.

“It was rewarding to see our students come in to see the center,” said Timothy C. O’Rourke, vice president of Computer and Information Services. “They made themselves at home, immediately exploring the new resources. I’m happy to say that I received a lot of positive feedback. Overall, it could not have a better opening week.”

Located on Main Campus at 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue, the TECH Center’s second floor features 500 PC workstations, 100 Mac workstations, 100 wireless PC laptops, more than 150 software packages, 13 breakout rooms, five specialty labs with high-end hardware and specialized software and a quiet room. The first floor houses the University’s Welcome Center, the Computer Services Help Desk, the Teaching and Learning Center, and the Instructional Support Center, as well as a faculty presentation room, breakout room and lounge. A Starbucks café will also open soon.

During the spring semester, the center is open 24 hours a day, from noon Sunday through 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information and a quick tour of the center, go to http://techcenter.temple.edu.

TECH Center to host “Coffee With the Cops”

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to stop by the second floor of the TECH Center on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for free coffee and cookies. Sponsored by Campus Safety Services, the event gives Temple’s police and security professionals a chance to say hello to the University community.


 

 


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