Sure, you can always surf over to a megasite like ARTISTdirect to stock up on CDs, but to sweeten the deal, several campus-themed websites offer college kids with a music jones worthy perks. For example, after you’ve bought a CD at BigWords.com affiliate CDNow, find out if the band is coming to your town by linking to gigmania.com, which has searchable band-tour updates.
Cash-strapped students (are there any other kind?) will appreciate the setup at www.studentadvantage.com: Apply online for membership, then enjoy a 10 percent discount off Tower Records’ prices. Over at http://www.edu.com, you have to be a student at an accredited college (or a high school senior with bona fide acceptance papers) to access the discounts. Picky, picky. On the plus side, music fans with an itch to critique can win free CDs. ”Members” who write music reviews posted on the edu.com site receive points good toward free albums.