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Amazon Said to Strike Licensing Deal With Sony - NYTimes.com



After months of talks, Amazon is said to have signed a licensing deal with Sony for its "cloud" streaming service.
Amazon Said to Strike Licensing Deal With Sony - NYTimes.com

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Amazon surprised the music industry in March when it introduced a limited “cloud” streaming service without special licenses from record companies.

The move drew a rare public rebuke from Sony, but behind the scenes Amazon began negotiating with the labels for the licenses it would need to compete with iCloud, the more extensive service from Apple that is expected to begin this fall.

Now, after months of talks, Amazon recently signed its first such deal. The label? Sony, according to two people briefed on the negotiations, who spoke anonymously because the talks were private. Terms of the deal were not known.