New mobile music streaming service breaks through barriers in Canada
A brand new music streaming solution is launching in Canada, breaking through roadblocks that prevented well-known U.S.-based services from getting up and running north of the border.
Well, the Montreal-based company behind Galaxie is launching the new service that streams commercial-free music channels to iPhones, iPads, iPods and Android devices, the Globe reports.
Using their new app, users can skip ahead songs and then download their favourite tunes through...none other than the Apple iTunes store.
For us Canadians, this is like we’re finally getting DVDs after relying on VHS. Our friends in the United States have long had similar services, such as Pandora, but it’s been incredibly difficult for them to operate in Canada.
The Copyright Board regulates digital music and sets royalties paid for the use of songs. The process of going through that board – and working with record labels – can take about two years.
According to a previous interview between Pandora CEO Tim Westergren and the Financial Post, the high licensing fees proposed by Canadian music rights societies makes Pandora’s existence in Canada “simply unecomic.”
What did Stingray do differently? They went to Music Canada, a group which represents major labels, and asked to set up a deal more quickly.
The service will cost users $4.99 a month.
Would you use a music streaming service on your cellphone, or would you rather just listen to your MP3s?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets