SoundCloud is getting ready to launch a music subscription service within the first half of 2015, and has inked a deal with Warner Music that will allow it to use some of Warner’s catalog for both its current ad-supported service as well its future subscription tier, both companies announced Tuesday.
The announcement didn’t spell out the commercial details of the deal, which likely includes Warner taking a small stake in SoundCloud. However, it did reveal some interesting details on the content covered by the arrangement:
The deal includes licensing terms that will provide WMG and its artists greater ability to manage the availability of content, while providing a path towards delivering additional revenue from user-generated mixes and mash-ups of WMG music.
What’s tnteresting about this isn’t just the flexible content licensing model, which could mean that Warner can start to stagger the release of its music, making them available to…
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