BMI is continuing its long-standing commitment to building the market for digital music by announcing a partnership with Sony’s multi-platform streaming digital music service “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™.” With the agreement, Music Unlimited can stream the more-than 6.5 million musical compositions in the BMI repertoire. The agreement covers U.S. public performances of works from over 475,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers represented by BMI, including Michael Jackson, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga. To experience Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, visit www.QMusic.com.
“Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” is a new, cloud-based, digital music service that gives music lovers access at any time to a constantly growing catalog of millions of songs from major labels, leading independent labels and major publishers worldwide. The “Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity” catalog currently offers more than 7,000,000 songs. The service debuted in the U.K. and Ireland in December 2010 and became available in France, Germany, Italy and Spain in January 2011, representing one of the fastest global rollouts ever seen for a digital music service.
“By using home-theater applications and in-home entertainment devices like the PlayStation®3, Music Unlimited puts a new spin on cloud-based music services,” said Richard Conlon, BMI Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media. “Services such as Music Unlimited represent an important revenue-growth area for BMI songwriters, composers and music publishers, and Music Unlimited is one of the early global multiplatform leaders. BMI’s family of songwriters has already embraced the service with writers including Big Boi, G. Love, DeVotchKa and Katy B, Devlin taking part in the Music Unlimited consumer tour. We’re happy to welcome Music Unlimited to our growing roster of more than 7,000 licensed digital music properties.”
Users can play music any time through Music Unlimited on a wide variety of Internet-connected Sony devices, including Sony’s 2010 and 2011 models of network-enabled BRAVIA® TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player, Blu-ray Disc Home Theater system, and PlayStation3 computer entertainment system as well as VAIO and other personal computers. All existing PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems in these countries will have access to the service. It will also become available on a wide range of Sony’s portable devices, as well as on Sony and third-party Android-based mobile devices and other portable devices.