CBC has officially launched CBC Music and the CBC Music App – a free new digital music service designed to connect Canadians to the music they love. With a choice of 40 different web radio stations, 14 distinct genre-based communities, and music from nearly 1,000 major and independent music companies, CBC Music provides listeners with access to the very best Canadian and International music.
Featuring original content from the most knowledgeable and experienced music personalities and programmers from across the country, hundreds of concerts, features, blogs, playlists, and more, the new music service is a place for music lovers to explore, discover and connect with other music fans.
“CBC Music successfully connects Canadians with music when and how they want it, and provides an unmatched experience for music lovers across the country,” said Chris Boyce, executive director of radio and audio of CBC English Services. “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.”
Key features of CBC Music include:
- Completely free, and easy to navigate – just click to play
- 40 web radio stations built from a library of millions of tracks of music
- 14 genre-based music communities ranging from rock to classical, pop to jazz, hip hop to country, and everything in between
- CBC Radio 2 & CBC Radio 3
- Direct access to the music of almost 1,000 major and independent music companies
- Artist pages on more than 25,000 independent artists with thousands of songs you can play whenever you want
- The best music content from a variety of CBC programs including Q and George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight
- CBC personalities who guide Canadians through the infinite world of music
- Hundreds of concerts available on demand
- Original content including articles, blogs and playlists, updated daily
- ‘The Canadian Concert Calendar’ maintained by artists – one of the largest Canadian concert calendars available
The launch of CBC Music comes on the heels of the groundbreaking music licensing deal reached between CBC and the Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA) in January 2012. This historic deal was negotiated on behalf of the AVLA’s entire membership of almost 1,000 major and independent music companies, and is the first negotiated collective license in Canada for on-line streaming and podcasting of radio and online digital music programming. Additionally, CBC Music builds on CBC’s already successful relationship with the music industry, artists and other music partners.