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New service promises to be music to the ears of retailers

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8th Feb 2012
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A licence-free background music service claiming to be the first PRS free and PPL free digital music service in the UK is promising to save retailers millions of pounds.

Developed by music industry professionals, MusicStream is the world’s first exclusively rights-free
digital background music service. The music and management control features have been designed specifically for retail, leisure & hospitality business.
UK retailers and shopping centres spend an estimated £50m GBP per annum on PRS and PPL music licences, for the right to play licensed music on premises. The product gives retailers a credible PRS free and PPL free alternative for the first time and its creators believe it could save UK retailers £3m GBP in 2012 and £25m GBP over the next 5 years.
The company’s founders say MusicStream was developed in response to the growing demand for royalty free music. A 100 store retail chain using a licensed background music service could save as much as £100,000 GBP per year, representing a saving of over 70%, they say.
MusicStream CEO Jeff Stewart said: “If we achieve our expected number of new sites in 2012, we will save those customers a total of £3m GBP in year 1 alone. It’s significantly more cost effective than licensed options and we believe the music speaks for itself.”
The MusicStream software works on PC, laptop, Mac, or Android device. It offers access to a huge choice of high quality, PRS and PPL free background music with new music is added every month. Music can be streamed via wireless broadband or downloaded & played offline.
Tracks are organised into playlists, which can be edited easily, with music controlled from one central location for consistency across multiple outlets. A weekly schedule can be created, by hour by day and the product supports multi-zoned music systems – enables different playlists in different zones.
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