Music Online Streaming Service for Libraries, Schools, and Universities to Triple in Size

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Electronic Publisher Moves Aggressively to Offer Most Robust Streaming Service Without Price Increase

“In these economic times we’re all being asked to deliver more with less. Last year our music collections almost doubled in size without a price increase. This year, we’re aiming to triple the size and still not increase prices.

Electronic publisher of streaming music collections for libraries Alexander Street announced today that its "Music Online" suite of products will triple in size over the next nine months. Growing from 250,000 to more than 750,000 classical, jazz, American, and world music recordings by year-end, "Music Online" is expected to hit the milestone of one million recordings in 2011.

The only publisher to offer a comprehensive, cross-searchable online suite of recordings, scores, video, and music reference products for the education market, Alexander Street's stable of publishing partners includes leading record labels such as EMI, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group, Verve, Smithsonian Folkways, Rounder, INEDIT, Concord Music Group, Hyperion, CBC, Lyrichord, Impulse! Records, Jazzology, Prestige, Riverside, and hundreds more.

Said Alexander Street president Stephen Rhind-Tutt, “In these economic times we’re all being asked to deliver more with less. Last year our music collections almost doubled in size without a price increase. This year, we’re aiming to triple the size and still not increase prices. We’re also continuing to offer the highest quality—with a large increase in tracks from EMI and new content from Decca and Deutsche Grammophon.”

Individual streaming collections that will double or triple in size include "Classical Music Library," "Jazz Music Library," "American Song," and "Contemporary World Music." Libraries that subscribe to the entire suite of "Music Online: Listening" collections will have access to an additional 140,000 popular music recordings. The publisher also announced that recording stream quality will improve to 320kbps, and that soon, listening collections will be accessible via hand-held mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad. None of these enhancements will result in a price increase.

Any library subscribing to two or more Alexander Street music collections has free access to the "Music Online" cross-search, which lets patrons access all of their library’s Alexander Street music collections from a single interface—pulling up a Mozart recording from "Classical Music Library," for example, together with the printable score from "Classical Scores Library," and a biography from "Classical Music Reference Library."

Thirty-day trial access is available for libraries and teaching faculty. Libraries interested in trial access or a price quote for the publisher’s offerings should email sales (at) alexanderstreet (dot) com or visit the Web site at http://alexanderstreet.com. Media should contact mkeller (at) alexanderstreet (dot) com.

The publisher also provides free bi-weekly classical music downloads on their Web site at http://musicdownloads.alexanderstreet.com/promo/

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