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LifeWay unveils music downloading


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — LifeWay Worship unveiled the next generation in digital music Feb. 5 in Nashville, introducing “SongMap” to Christian and mainstream music industry executives, worship and music ministers, and government and civic leaders.

SongMap is the first Web-based technology that enables users to choose specific sections of songs – such as verses, choruses, and transitions – in the keys they prefer and then download sheet music and audio files of the custom arrangements.

The technology was developed to meet the needs of worship leaders who want more ease and flexibility arranging songs.

SongMap was designed for use by anyone with an Internet browser, said Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship. Users simply register free of charge at The cost to “map” a song – choose segments to create customized print music and accompaniment tracks – ranges from $1.49 to $1.99 per track (keyboard, guitar, etc.).

Once a song is purchased, the user has immediate access to the corresponding MP3 file and sheet music, and the custom file is stored in the user’s online media library for future use.