Canadian music lovers now have access to a free new digital music service consisting of 40 web radio stations, 14 distinct genre-based music communities, hundreds of concerts and in-depth content from music personalities across the nation.

CBC Music was launched on February 13th with the goal of providing Canadian fans with access to the very best Canadian and international music from almost 1,000 major and independent music companies.

Chris Boyce, executive director of radio and audio of CBC English Services, said:``CBC Music successfully connects Canadians with music when and how they want it, and provides an unmatched experience for music lovers across the country. As a modern public broadcaster, we're proud to bring this rich digital experience to Canadians, using the knowledge, content and extensive music collection that only CBC can offer.``

Built from a library of millions of tracks of music from rock to classical, pop to jazz, hip hop to country, and everything in between, the new service was created through a music licensing deal struck between CBC and the Audio-Video Licensing Agency (AVLA) in January 2012.

Visit CBC Music online at and get the CBC Music App for free at .