The free access will be available until May, after which students on campus will have to pay a discounted rate of $2 a month. The normal fee is $9.95 monthly.
Additionally, students who commute will be able to get the service for $2 a month, the company said.
Technology companies have increasinglywith wireless Internet offerings and cheaper music downloads. Subsidized music offerings are designed to and piracy among students.
RealNetworks has been trying to make a dent in the digital-music market, which is currently dominated by Apple Computer'sand device. RealNetworks' "Harmony" technology enables songs sold through its retail stores to be played on . The company recently said it sold 3 million songs for 49 cents each during a . Rhapsody's library includes 790,000 songs and 60,000 albums.
Adelphi University has 8,000 students from 44 states and about 60 countries.
"Providing quality education is unquestionably the university's top priority," Jack Chen, Adelphi University's chief information officer, said in a statement. "However, we at the same time also recognize that easy and low-cost access to online music is important to our students. With Rhapsody, our students will have a legal way to access a vast catalog of digital music."