Weeks after the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) reached the country's first negotiated collective license deal with Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA), the country's oldest public broadcasting network yesterday (Feb. 13) officially launched CBC Music, a free digital music streaming service at cbcmusic.ca.
The service offers 40 online radio stations, which have a library of songs in the millions both Canadian and international; CBC Radio 2 and 3; 14 genre-based "music communities" ranging from rock to classical, pop to jazz, hip hop to country; direct access to the music of almost 1,000 major and independent music companies.
As well, there are hundreds of concerts available on demand; and pages on more than 25,000 artists with thousands of on-demand songs; plus original content (features, blogs, playlists) updated daily; and the artist-maintained Canadian Concert Calendar. Music content from various CBC programs, including top-rated Q (with Jian Ghomeshi) and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight will also be accessible.
The Canadian institution has also commissioned a CBC Music app to allow listeners to stream CBC Music to their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
"CBC Music successfully connects Canadians with music when and how they want it, and provides an unmatched experience for music lovers across the country," Chris Boyce, executive director of radio and audio of CBC English Services, released in a statement. "As a modern public broadcaster, we`re proud to bring this rich digital experience to Canadians, using the knowledge, content and extensive music collection that only CBC can offer."
CBC Radio draws more than 6.1 million listeners a week, according to it's October 2011 PPM results.