Online music service Sonific pressed the button today (Sept. 19) on a public beta version of its SongSpots service.

Online music service Sonific pressed the button today (Sept. 19) on a public beta version of its SongSpots service.

The new function allows users to legally add music to online properties -- including blogs, social networks and personal sites -- free of charge.

Sonific has a licensed catalog of works from about 35,000 independent artists, with 10,000 more on the slate.

The San Francisco, CA., and Basel, Switzerland-based firm's content providers include Cooking Vinyl, CDBaby and Cherry Red Records. Repertoire from major label artists is expected to come into the mix later this year.

Gerd Leonhard, CEO of Sonific, describes the service as a "new syndication network. The Web is becoming a multi-media experience, and you need music for that," Leonhard tells Billboard.biz.

He adds, "Our users get the benefit of using great music, and our artists and content providers gain the benefit of getting both widespread attention and increased music sales at zero cost."

Three significant partnerships, involving full SongSpots integration into existing services, are expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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