Stanford Debates Yahoo Music

    October 20, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

The Graduate Student Council at Stanford recently discussed the benefits and perils of having the Yahoo Music service available on campus.

Yahoo Music will provide Stanford students with a legal way to obtain music. As a pilot project for the 2005-2006 school year, the program will be available at no cost. That financial benefit comes via an anonymous benefactor; Good Morning Silicon Valley made the tongue-in-cheek suggestion that Stanford grads turned Yahoo founders Jerry Yang and David Filo were behind the donation.

After that first year, Yahoo Music will be available for students who wish to pay for it. “Our only concern is students forgetting to cancel the service after a year and getting billed,” said GSC member Adam Beberg in The Stanford Daily.

As the school year ends, Yahoo will send out email notices one month before the end of the program. Then accounts will be converted to regular Yahoo Music accounts, priced at $1.75 to $4.75 per month.

Enthusiasm also marked the meeting of the council. “I think it’s a great opportunity to experience music for free,” Andy Mackensen, a second-year Graduate School of Business student and a summer intern with Yahoo! Music, said in the report.

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