Google working to close music licensing deals

On the day before Google Music is expected to debut, word comes that Google now has licensing deals with three of the four majors.

The venue where Google will hold its launch party tomorrow. Greg Sandoval/CNET

LOS ANGELES--In the days leading up to the launch tomorrow of Google Music, the company has continued to try and close licensing deals.

On Friday, CNET reported that Google had signed a licensing deal with Universal Music Group but had not signed Warner Music Group or Sony Music Entertainment, though those companies continued to negotiate.

All Things Digital reported last week that EMI had also penned an agreement.

The Wall Street Journal is now reporting that Google will likely launch with Universal, EMI as sell as Sony. Music industry sources say that Google has labored right up to the finish line to close as many deals as possible in time for the service's launch.

Unless Google is able to sign Warner in the next few hours, it will launch the long-anticipated service with three of the top four record companies. This is good news for a service that plans to challenge Apple and iTunes, the powerhouse Internet music store.

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Greg Sandoval covers media and digital entertainment for CNET News. Based in New York, Sandoval is a former reporter for The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. E-mail Greg, or follow him on Twitter at @sandoCNET.

 

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