Interactive music leader Stingray Digital launched Galaxie Mobile, the first Canadian-owned commercial-free mobile streaming music service. Building on the Galaxie music service, which is available online and in more than 10 million Canadian homes via cable, satellite and IPTV, Galaxie Mobile includes all 45 of Galaxie’s commercial- and talk-free channels and enhances them with interactive controls.

“The addition of a mobile service to the Galaxie line-up demonstrates Stingray’s commitment to providing more choice to our listeners on multiple platforms, as well as our commitment to supporting Canadian music talent,” said Eric Boyko, president of Stingray Digital, in a statement introducing the service on Thursday.

The player is available immediately in Canada for all Apple iOS and Android devices. Boyko added that the apps will soon be available to customers in the U.S. as well via BlackBerry.

Galaxie Mobile costs $4.99 per month, with a discount to $9.99 for a three-month commitment and $39.99 for a year. Downloading the app is free.

Representatives from major Canadian music and rights organizations expressed their support for the new mobile service, with formal statements issued by: Victoria Shepherd, executive director of Audio-Video Licensing Agency Inc. (AVLA); Graham Henderson, president of Music Canada; and Lyette Bouchard, directrice générale, Société de gestion collective des droits des producteurs de phonogrammes et de vidéogrammes du Québec (SOPROQ)

An independent national survey by Vision Critical found that Galaxie’s channels were listened to by more than one-third of all Canadians (35  percent) in the past month and by more than one in five Canadians (21  percent) in the past week.

Parent company Stingray Digital has more than 60 million subscribers in 45 different countries, giving it a solid claim to be the leading multi-platform music service provider in the world.

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