SAINT PAUL, MN (December 21, 2010) - Saint Paul Public Library has joined Library Ideas' network of public library websites that offer access to songs from Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists.
The service will allow the library to increase the size and diversity of its collection by offering access to hundreds of thousands of songs.
Under the terms of the agreement, registered library card holders can download a select number of Sony Music tracks in the MP3 format each month at no direct cost via www.sppl.org . The library will underwrite the purchase of the music.
Other libraries participating in the launch include the Princeton (NJ) Public Library, Maricopa County Library District (AZ), Orange County Public Library (FL), Nashville Public Library (TN) and Fairfield Public Library (CT).
"We have been waiting a long time for a service like this that delivers great music, compatibility with lots of devices and simplicity of use. We think this will be incredibly popular with our patrons and will help the library in marketing all its services to the community," said Debbie Willms, Deputy Library Director.
"Sony Music has an incredibly expansive and popular catalog and we are really excited to partner with them on this, a very important product for libraries," said Brian Downing, co-founder of Library Ideas. "A library is a focal point of the community that requires many tools to excite people about library resources. More than anything, that is the reason for the service."
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About Saint Paul Public Library:
For 128 years, the Saint Paul Public Library has enriched the quality of life in the community by anticipating and responding to the community's need for information and offering free access to technology, books, movies, music, events and classes for people of all ages. The Saint Paul Public Library offers service in 12 library branches, Central Library and the Bookmobile, which helps make Saint Paul the Most Livable City in America.
About Sony Music Entertainment:
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. It is home to premier record labels representing music from every genre, including American Recordings, Arista Nashville, Arista Records, Aware, Battery Records, Beach Street Records, Black Seal, BNA Records, Cinematic, Columbia Nashville, Columbia Records, Epic Records, Essential Records, Flicker Records, Fo-Yo Soul, GospoCentric, Hitz Committee Entertainment, J Records, Jive Records, LaFace Records, Legacy Recordings, Masterworks, Polo Grounds, RCA Records, RCA Nashville, RCA Red Seal, RCA Victor, Reunion Records, Slightly Dangerous, Sony Classical, Sony Music Latin, Star Time International, Verity Records, and Volcano Entertainment. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.