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Total eclipse of music taste at USF?

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November

The launch of Ruckus' music downloading program at the University of South Florida is only seven weeks old and increasingly popular, but the music tastes of the students using it are apparently stuck in the '80s.

This week, USF hit a milestone with the millionth song download through Ruckus, a free online music and media service exclusive to colleges.

Bonnietyler

So what was that song? No, not the latest from Justin Timberlake or Jay-Z. It was Bonnie Tyler’s "Total Eclipse of the Heart," which was a worldwide hit — in 1983!

More than five dozen USF students have signed up for Ruckus every day since it launched, and fortunately not all students are stuck in another decade. The top 10 downloads for the week of Oct. 23 included three by Kanye West and two by Timbaland.

USF signed on with Ruckus after the record business' trade group accused 400 students at 13 universities, including 31 at USF, of illegally sharing and downloading tens of thousands of songs. The group warned that each shared song carries a minimum fine of $750 and could land students in court.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:26am]

    

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