eircom Launches MusicHub
More than 4m Tracks to be Available Online
First Irish ISP to offer FREE Music Streaming
Up to 75% Cheaper than iTunes for Music Downloads
Pictured is international award winning musician Imelda May and Stephen Beynon, Group Managing Director, Consumer & Small Business, eircom
eircom today announced the launch of its new online music service – eircom MusicHub, making eircom the first Internet service provider in Ireland to offer FREE music streaming for its customers. With a catalogue of millions of tracks from
thousands of artists, the service offers an unrivalled selection of music across almost every genre from rock to pop; dance to disco; and jazz to blues.
eircom MusicHub offers FREE and unlimited streaming to all existing eircom broadband customers. In addition, customers can listen to every track in the catalogue without restriction or advertising. It has a rich ‘My Music’ feature that allows users to build up a library of favourite artists, music and custom playlists to be shared with friends. The service offers great quality streaming at 128kbps AAC+, far superior to the stream rate of other services.
The price of downloading music has never been cheaper with bundled prices up to 75% cheaper than iTunes, at 32c per download. In addition, the service lets you download DRM free music to PCs, laptops and copy to portable devices. Customers can keep all downloaded music even if you leave the service. For as little as €5.99 a month, customers can download 15 tracks per month. Alternatively, users can download 40 tracks per month for €12.99, which is 32c per download. Non eircom customers can also access the service. All you need is a fixed line broadband connection.
Commenting on the launch, Stephen Beynon, Group Managing Director of Consumer and Small Business, said “eircom MusicHub is a major development for eircom in the online content space. We are the first and only Internet provider in Ireland to offer online streaming as part of a music service. Customers will not find a greater selection of music across all genres anywhere else in Ireland from their broadband provider. It is the third significant market development this year from eircom, following the introduction of Next Generation Broadband and the launch of eMobile, and underlines how eircom offers unrivalled value to our customers.”
Searching and discovering music has never been easier. Combined with social networking features such as tagging, eircom MusicHub encourages users to share playlists and recommend songs, building an online community that helps users tailor music to your own personal tastes.
There are millions of tracks available already which will grow to more than four million in the coming weeks. The service follows individual contractual deals with each of the major record labels including Universal Music UK, Sony, EMI, Warner Music as well as Merlin, the global rights body representing thousands of independent labels.Collectively, they represent all the major international and Irish artists. eircom MusicHub is powered by Media Service Provider (MSP) a specialist media technology company who provides the service platform.
Check out www.eircommusichub.ietoday. Existing eircom broadband customers only need their account number and telephone number to register for the free streaming service. Debit and credit cards can be used to purchase monthly download bundles.
- The 4 million tracks available for stream or download would consume approximately 25 TB of hard disk space
- At an average of 3 ½ minutes per track, it would take just under 10,000 days to listen to the entire MusicHub catalogue.
- Ability to test out new music for free and manage your favourites through ‘My Music’ feature.
- ‘Radio’ feature that can generate random play-lists based on genre, favourite tracks or favourite artists
- Social networking functionality and commenting/tagging features.
- Streaming bit rate is 128kbps AAC+, streams are served to a flash player over HTTP. MP3 download bit rate is 320kbps.
- Wide range of internet browsers supported - IE7/8, Firefox and the latest versions of Chrome and Safari.
- Secure online payment by credit card if you choose to purchase downloads.
- Powered by Media Services Provider (MSP)
Pricing structure for eircom and non-eircom customers