Apple gets cozy with EMI, Universal, and Sony over cloud music licensing

Ah, so it's all coming together now. Following a report on Warner Music inking a cloud-streaming deal with Apple, CNET has followed up with fresh information that sees three more major record companies jumping on board. Citing "multiple music industry sources," we're told that EMI Music is the latest addition to Apple's cloud music portfolio, while Universal Music and Sony Music are close to sealing the deal to permit this rumored iCloud service. If true, such endorsement will no doubt add pressure on Google and Amazon over their cheeky, license-free cloud streaming offerings -- not a bad way to fend off competition, though it's not clear how much money's involved. Guess we'll know more at WWDC next month.


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