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Playster unveils partnership with 7digital, gears up to launch revamped music platform

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The all-in-one streaming service will expand its music offering with major label and indie artists.

MONTREAL, Aug. 30, 2016 -- Playster, the world's first all-in-one entertainment streaming service, has inked a deal with premier digital music platform 7digital to power its revamped music catalog.

The newly unveiled collaboration with the London-based company, known for partnering with musical.ly, HMV, Technics and Onkyo, comes as a teaser ahead of Playster's huge music announcement, which will include the addition of millions of songs from both major label and indie artists.

"After we solidified our book offering to include all of today's bestsellers and biggest classics, we knew we had to get our music up to par," says Playster CEO Philip Keezer. "Our team has been working non-stop to ensure that Playster members can enjoy the best in music and now that 7digital is on board, we're just steps away from the big reveal."

"Playster is a company that has the experience and depth of knowledge to really understand the digital music market," says 7digital CEO Simon Cole. "It is a badge of honor to be working with them and we look forward to the exciting launch of the new product."

By giving members unlimited access to books, audiobooks, music, movies and games via one easy-to-use service, Playster has been shaking up the streaming industry since its inception in 2014. The new partnership with 7digital helps push the Montreal-based company to the forefront.

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About Playster

Playster is an online streaming service that takes care of everything: books, audiobooks, music, movies and games. Boasting the world's most diverse digital catalog, Playster gives members unlimited access to all of their favorite entertainment in one place via its website, as well as custom Android and iOS apps.

About 7digital

7digital is a B2B digital music and radio services company, providing technical infrastructure and extensive global music rights to create music streaming and radio services for a diverse range of customers. It also offers radio production, music curation services, editorial strategy and content management expertise.

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History

2004

  • The company was founded by Ben Drury and James Kane, offering digital music delivery B2B services. In the year following, 7digital was powering 180 stores for record labels and brands. Our fastest release ever was 46 mins from on-stage performance to sale in Dec 2005 as part of the Live 8 Guinness World Record.

2007

  • 7digital was powering 1,000 stores and made history by enabling Koopa to become the first unsigned act to make it into the top 40 charts on downloads alone. 7digital-powered service Now Play It won “Best Digital Service” award at the BT Digital Music Awards. 7digital signed a partnership with Last.fm and celebrated their first 1 million users on the platform. In 2008 7digital launched the global API and became the first European download store to offer Warner Music catalogue DRM-free.

2009

  • 7digital launched HMV music and video download stores in the UK and Canada, as well as an e-book store for Waterstones. Lost Tunes, powered by 7digital, won the ”Digital Achievement of the Year“ award at the Music Week Awards. We partnered with Songbird to provide an integrated MP3 store and built a mobile app on BlackBerry, which won the EMEA ”Innovation Award“. 7digital integrated MP3 downloads into AOL’s Winamp media player, HMV Group acquired 50% stake in 7digital for £7.7 million, we took part in the first ever Music Hack Day in London and celebrated 7 million tracks our catalogue.

2012

  • 7digital partnered with Shazam, we launched our own Android and iOS apps and developed a unique digital music experience for Samsung devices. Network operator O2 chose 7digital as their digital music partner in the UK and 7digital’s API powered services for 120 clients with 500 million API requests served.

    In the following years 7digital expanded North American operations with key hires and launched Samsung Music Hub 3.0 in numerous territories. 7digital was selected as the music partner for Toshiba connected TV and we released the first digital music store on Windows 8.

2014

  • 7digital merged with award-winning radio company, UBC Media and went public on the LSE. We launched hi-res download stores for Panasonic and Onkyo, a Latin music radio service for SBS (Spanish Broadcasting System) and we confirmed a partnership with will.i.am.

2015

  • 7digital powered the launch of The Overflow, a genre-based streaming app, and we expanded territories for Radioplayer Worldwide. We announced that we are powering services for OpenLIVE, Tonlist, Electric Jukebox, Team Rock, CrowdTunes, Rithm, and Astro. We expanded licenses to Africa making our reach a total of 82 territories. Finally, we launched an integration with Google Cast to playback hi-res audio.

2016

  • 7digital started the year by premiering MQA content on onkyomusic at CES. We announced a new contract to power the relaunch of eMusic and won the tender to produce Jazz programmes for BBC Radio 3. We acquired French B2B streaming service Snowite (now 7digital France) and have brought on a number of new key hires. We launched 7digital Creative to look after curation, radio production, editorial and playlisting services for our partners.