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Microsoft aims to license video game music

The software maker hopes more than just gamers want to hear the notes from Halo; an arm of Warner Music will handle licensing duties.

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Microsoft said Wednesday that it hopes to license the music from its collection of video games, such as Halo and Age of Empires. The software maker struck a deal with an arm of Warner Music Group, which will handle the licensing duties on Microsoft's behalf. The deal also includes the rights to future Microsoft titles, such as the upcoming Halo 3.

"We have developed a large library of video game music and are excited to make it available for placement beyond games," said Ed Ventura, a senior director in Microsoft's interactive entertainment unit. "By partnering with (Warner), we can continue to extend the value and experiences for our music and also inspire and give further recognition to the composers who are dedicated to working on video games."