Napster's highly-publicised deals with US universities to get campus-wide licenses for its services established may have hit a controversial hurdle.

The company recently established such as deal with the Student Assembly of Cornell University.

Now, letters in local newspaper, The Cornell Daily Sun, pour vitriol on the decision. "The Assembly members agreed to something without informing the student body", one writer writes, alleging that 23 Student Assembly members used Napster for free while the company lobbied for the business.

Local naysayers would have liked a campus-wide vote, and point out that Napster's lack of Mac support locks-out 20 per cent of students, as wella s iPod users.

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The way the deal works at Cornell is that a levy is charged against individual students toward using the service. "Why should students who cannot make use of the service be forced into paying for the service?|"

Apple offers an iTunes on Campus deal, under which its cross-platform iTUnes software can be made available on University servers, students can acquire songs, and can also share their song libraries across wired and unwired networks (to listen to only) using iTunes Rendezvous sharing feature. Apple charges no fees for this.