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Tesco to launch Blinkboxmusic to rival Spotify

Blinkboxbooks and Blinkboxmusic to launch later this year

Tesco Blinkbox

Tesco has announced it will launch a music streaming service called Blinkboxmusic later this year.

The service will follow Tesco's acquisition of We7 in June of 2012 and rival services such as Spotify. Tesco will also launch Blinkboxbooks after buying Mobcast in September last year.

Michael Comish, CEO of Tesco Digital Entertainment, said: "Tesco is one of the UK's leading retailers of movies and TV, music and books. How customers choose to enjoy those products is changing rapidly as technology changes the way we shop."

"The development of these new services demonstrates our total commitment to providing the very best entertainment as easily as possible for our customers. They allow us to provide even more choice in how customers buy and enjoy their entertainment."

To head up Blinkboxmusic and Blinkboxbooks, Tesco has taken on Mark Bennett from Sainsbury's and Gavin Sathianathan from Facebook respectively.

"Technology is changing how people read. Offering a digital book service is an example of what Tesco does best – focussing on the customer and anticipating their needs as the market evolves. It’s a great time to join a team at the vanguard of this shift." said Sathianathan.

Blinkboxmusic and Blinkboxbooks will sit alongside Tesco Clubcard TV which is powered by Blinkbox and offers Clubcard holders free streaming of TV shows and films. Clubcard TV has been announced but is currently in a closed Beta testing stage.

With film, TV, books and music, Tesco will be rivalling Amazon, Apple and Google as well as specialist services like Netflix and Spotify.

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