Developers wanting to stream popular music in their mobile apps now have an inexpensive way to do so legally. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) launched the new ASCAP PLAY MUSIC License for Websites and Mobile Apps last month, allowing developers to pay a low annual fee of US$240 for access to the ASCAP catalog.
That catalog of music is nothing to sneeze at; ASCAP currently counts over 8.5 million works of music in its library. According to ASCAP, owners of websites and developers of mobile apps can buy the license online. There's no reporting requirement, making it simple for devs and admins to legally use some amazing music in their products.
The requirements are simple -- if your web or mobile app has fewer than 30,000 users visits per month, it has less than $2,000 a month in revenue and you can pay for the license with Visa or MasterCard, you're eligible.