Astral to launch a streaming music service

Montreal based Astral Radio said this week that it has signed agreements with four major music labels and a number of independent producers which will enable the company to launch an on-demand streaming music and music video service in Canada.

Few details were provided by the company except to say that the streaming service would be available this fall in English and French and would offer weekly releases, exclusive content, a music video library, customizable playlist functions, and multiple niche format channels.

Zune Music Marketplace coming in October

Microsoft Canada has announced that it will be expanding its Zune Music Marketplace next Monday October 3rd along with the Zune Music Pass.

The company says the Music Marketplace now offers more than 14 million songs from the four major labels – EMI, Warner Music Group, Sony BMG and Universal Music Group – as well as and tens of thousands of indie labels.