Google Signs Warner Music Group deal


Google Inc. signed a deal with Warner Music Group over the weekend which will enable the Android users to finally have an essentially complete catalog of MP3s to buy.

GoogleThis new contract will bring musicians like Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Neil Young and hundreds of others to Google Play store.

Andy Rubin, Google’s senior vice president for mobile and digital content wrote on the blog post that “We’re now working with all of the major record labels globally, and all the major U.S. magazine publishers, as well as many independent labels, artists and publishers.” Google also announced that its music store will open in Western Europe on Nov. 13.

Before, the Google’s music service was struggling to gain attention against iTunes, Amazon and other digital services out there, so this signing was an important step in the right direction.

Warner controls about 15 percent of the world’s recorded music market, according to the trade publication Music & Copyright. But it was absent when Google announced its MP3 store last November; Warner was also the last of the big record labels to sign a deal with Spotify, the digital music service.

New York post  says that “In Europe, it will introduce “scan and match,” a crucial feature for cloud music. It matches songs on a customer’s computer to a master database on Google’s servers, allowing users to skip the laborious task of uploading every single song. (The feature will not be ready in the United States until “soon after” its introduction in Europe on Nov. 13, Mr. Rubin wrote.

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