Qpass Connects Ministry of Sound to 75 Million Skype Users and Creates New VoIP Distribution Channel for the Music Industry(PresseBox) (Barcelona, )
Ministry of Sound, the internationally renowned music label and youth lifestyle brand is one of the first major record labels to take advantage of this new distribution channel. Personalise Skype, which Qpass runs as a fully managed service, allows Skype users to customise and download pre-recorded music, voice clips and ringtones. Through Qpass’ Digital Commerce Solution MoS now has immediate access to distribute its own music content to Skype’s user base of more than 75 million Voice-Over-IP customers.
“If any music majors aren’t seriously looking at VoIP as a major sales and distribution channel then they should take a closer look at Skype’s pioneering ringtone service. There is a clear consumer demand for branded content on mobile as well as on VoIP,” said Chase Franklin, CEO of Qpass. “The ubiquity of VoIP networks makes it extremely cost effective and scalable to sell content services to the global marketplace. This combined with the mass adoption of IP telephony has created a powerful proposition for the music majors.”
The music industry is gearing up to take advantage of the potential that VoIP offers as a new worldwide distribution channel and is expected to grow in step with the increase of broadband users across Europe. In-Stat Research reports that the global market for consumer VoIP services has arrived, with total VoIP subscribers worldwide at 16 million in 2005 and projected to grow to over 55 million in 2009 (not including the 75 million registered Skype users). Qpass provides major record labels and media owners with a trusted gateway into this market, creating a secure environment that protects digital rights, provides the tools to effectively merchandise content assets and manages the billing and distribution into this new channel.
“The Ministry of Sound brand has a global following and we are always looking for new channels which can expand our reach into new markets.” said, Matt Dicks, Head of Media, Ministry of Sound. “In partnering with Skype, Qpass has helped to create an exciting new distribution channel for the music industry which can only grow and we are delighted to be involved.”
About Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound opened as a club in London in 1991 and has since established a cult following among dance music lovers worldwide. The club’s phenomenal success has been built on the very high quality of its music programming and promotion, its world-renowned custom-built sound system and the distinctive Ministry of Sound logo.
Since clubbing has developed from an underground movement to a mainstream activity influencing the music preferences, style and attitudes of young people, Ministry of Sound has emerged as the unifier of this culture and is now an internationally recognised youth brand.
Ministry of Sound employs in the region of 100 staff across a range of synergistic businesses including recordings, promotions, touring and media ensuring the brand’s representation on news-stands, radio stations and in record and clothing stores across the globe. For more information please visit www.ministryofsound.com