SYDNEY, January 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
- rara.com streaming music service to launch across Australia, Singapore and Canada
- Ad-free access to >10 million tracks from just AUD$0.99 per month in Australia, SGD$0.99 per month in Singapore and CAD$0.99 in Canada
- HP to pre-load rara.com on HP PCs in Australia, Singapore and Canada
- Grammy award winning Imogen Heap named first Associate Editor of rara.com
- rara.com secures licensing from Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music, Warner Music Group
- rara.com now live in 20 countries across the Asia Pacific, Europe and the Americas
- rara.com releases consumer research showing 70% of consumers do not "do" digital music today
rara.com, a revolutionary new digital music service designed specifically for the mass market who still use CDs and want an easier way to adopt digital music, launches across Australia, Canada and Singapore today, a month after launching across the USA, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and New Zealand.
To enable as many consumers as possible to experience the joys of rara.com, consumers will be able to gain instant access to rara.com and a catalogue of over 10 million tracks ad-free from just AUD$0.99, per month per month for the first three months in Australia, SGD$0.99, per month for the first three months in Singapore and CAD$0.99 per month for the first three months in Canada.
The new service will also be pre-loaded on the vast majority of Australia, Singapore and Canada HP PCs, and also available on Android, iOS and other platforms.
Imogen Heap, who will sit on the new service's Music Advisory Board as an Associate Editor, said, "I'm really excited to be an associate editor for rara.com. As an artist in this transitional music business phase I believe that rara.com is heading sharply in the right direction. I've travelled the world this year and have realised that even if fans want to pay for the artists' work legally it is often actually very difficult for various reasons. rara.com is a super easy service for everyone to use and I love the information on tracks and artists that rara.com gives you. This is just the beginning for rara.com and it's a great start."
"Uniquely, you can experience access to all the music you want, ad-free, for less than the price of a single track," said Tim Hadley, rara.com Director. "Whether you're into Gaga or Elgar, rara.com is a new kind of streaming music service which makes accessing the music you love online easier and more delightful than ever; type rara.com into your web browser and you have a world of music at your fingertips."
The new service was developed following ICM Research* commissioned by rara.com which shows at least 70% of consumers have not bought a digital music track in the past six months, and that 60% have never experienced any form of digital music.
rara.com reaches this market by utilising a simple and beautiful user interface, which removes the need to navigate or manage lists of digital media files, through a standard web browser.
rara.com also features a wide selection of expertly curated music channels to suit your every mood at the touch of a button making playing music online with rara.com as easy as switching on your radio or CD player.
rara.com users can also share music through Facebook and other social networks.
rara.com has secured international licensing agreements with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and Warner Music Group. Publishers and collection societies have also licensed the service internationally with Omnifone creating a catalogue of over 10 million tracks for rara.com users to enjoy.
"rara.com has delivered a music service that taps into an entirely new type of music consumer," said Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business for Universal Music Group. "Instead of competing with existing digital music services, it's designed for the mass market of consumers who have yet to do digital music at all."
"We are pleased to be partnering with rara.com on the launch of their new music service," said Michael Paull, Executive Vice President, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment. "Growing the audience for digital music around the world requires services that resonate with the mass market. rara.com has been designed with broad consumer appeal in mind with a simple interface that provides a great music experience and accessibility across a range of devices."
"rara.com is a great new way for a whole new audience of fans to find, listen to and share music online, building deeper connections with the artists they love and discovering a world of new music as well," said Mark Piibe, Executive Vice President - Global Business Development at EMI Music.
"The intuitive and thoughtfully designed interface combined with the curated channels makes rara.com a service that will be accessible and appealing to a wide audience and, potentially, an entry point for many people just starting the transition to digital music." said Stephen Bryan, Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Warner Music Group.
rara.com is powered by global cloud music service provider Omnifone. "Omnifone is proud to be behind this global digital music service," said Omnifone CEO Jeff Hughes, "rara.com's unique service is a great example of how a company can utilise Omnifone's MusicStation Platform and unique global licensing services to bring a truly innovative service to market."
rara.com's global footprint is expected to double by the end of 2012.
Notes to editors:
*ICM Research: Sample 1000 adults.
Unique introductory pricing
Access to rara.com in Australia costs just 99 cents per month for the first 3 months followed by a flat fee of AUD$7.99 per month for online access (web), with mobile access to rara.com on Android smartphones (web + mobile) just AUD$2.99 per month for the first 3 months then AUD$12.99 per month.
Singapore/Canada monthly territory pricing for rara.com is as follows:
web: Singapore Dollar (SGD) - first 3 months $0.99 / then $4.99
web + mobile: Singapore Dollar (SGD) - first 3 months $1.99 / then $9.99
web: Canadian Dollar (CAD) - first 3 months $0.99 / then $4.99
web + mobile: Canadian Dollar (CAD) - first 3 months $1.99 / then $9.99
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