Napster has been spurned in an overture to offer its digital music services to students in Tennessee.

The Tenessee Board of Regents, which looks after 45 state universities and 180,000 students has rejected Napster's offer to furnish its charges with digital music subscription services at a cost of $9.99 per student per month.

Napster already has pilot schemes up-and-running in Penn State and the University of Rochester.

Apple last week began its bid to ensure its digital music services prevail on US campuses, announcing its iTunes on Campus program. This allows educational institutions, such as those in Tennessee, to distribute iTunes software to their students. Once iTunes is installed, students can share music libraries between themselves over wired and wireless networks, and also acquire new music from iTunes Music Store.