iTunes Music Store competitor MusicNet has taken a leaf from Napster 2.0's book to launch a pilot digital music service at Yale University.

MusicNet – which once provided the music media management software for the Windows versions of Apple's iPod – is running the project at Yale for a two-month trial period.

The service will provide "low-priced" music downloads. Under the Ctrax brand, the company intends launching the service at up to 20 US universities in autumn. Users can choose between 700,000 songs, and a central server will be installed on campus, to make downloads that much faster.

Pricing during the Yale test are: Subscription fee of $3/month, with downloads in packs of ten for $8 and 20 for $15. Albums will cost between $8-$12.