CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, has launched CBC Music, a free digital music service available online and via iOS apps.

The CBC didn’t waste any time, since the underlying licensing deal with the Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA) was just signed in January 2012. That agreement was the first negotiated collective license in Canada for on-line streaming and podcasting of radio and online digital music programming.

CBC Music offers 40 different streaming radio stations and 14 distinct genre-based communities as well as CBC Radio 2 and CBC Radio 3.

In addition to music from nearly 1,000 major and independent companies, the service integrates content from CBC programs including Q, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, and other shows featuring CBC personalities to provide guidance for discovery and delving deeper. It also has individual pages devoted to more than 25,000 independent artists with thousands of songs playable on demand.

Music fans also will get original content updated daily, including articles, blogs and playlists, and the artist-maintained Canadian Concert Calendar.

“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.”

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