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Warner Music, Listen.com in Licensing Deal

AOL Time Warner Inc. and online music company Listen.com said on Monday they reached a licensing deal enabling Listen’s Rhapsody online music subscription service to offer Warner Music Group music.

The licensing deal marked Listen’s fourth such agreement with a major record label in seven weeks. The company said the deal makes the size of its catalog broader than those of its competitors, including Pressplay and MusicNet, two services backed by the major labels.

“Listen.com has created a compelling service that gives music fans what they want, access to a broad selection of music at an affordable price,” said Paul Vidich, executive vice president for Warner Music Group.

The Warner deal came after Listen.com signed similar agreements to offer music from Bertelsmann AG’s BMG Entertainment, EMI Group Plc’s Recorded Music and Sony Corp.’s Sony Music Entertainment through Rhapsody.