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Skype To Sell EMI/Warner Music Through Online Store

I am not sure why this is a big deal, or even makes sense: it is one of those “just-coz-we-can” kind of deals. Anyway, the details: eBay-owned Skype has been given the go-ahead by EMI Music Publishing and Warner Music Group to sell song downloads from the two companies at an online music store.
Skype will sell the songs via its existing online store, which offers Skype-compatible hardware and accessories to the service’s nearly 95 million users. The music store has not yet launched, but more information will be available this week, the company said. EMI Music Publishing becoming a music consultant in this brand new service.
According to EMI, Skype now has license to use songs from the publisher’s catalog for downloading, subscriptions and master-tones on a world-wide basis (saying this is the first time such a deal has happend), though in order to do so, Skype must also get permission from individual record labels. So far, only Warner has consented.
There might be too many variables for this to work, but at least labels are becoming open to global licensing deals, which is good in itself.