By: Spacelab Research Staff
Last.FM has announced that it's struck up a deal with all four major labels to allow all of their music to be streamed legally through its site.
A posting on the Last.FM site said:
"We’re publicly beta testing our new free listening service. You can listen to most tracks up to three times for free.
When the beta is over, we’ll offer a subscription package with unlimited access to a catalogue of music built on partnerships with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner, EMI and over 150,000 independent labels and artists.
But the UK-based site The Register had additional comments:
"Universal, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner haven't quite handed over the keys to the kingdom, however. Limits on the licenses mean Last.fm's new jukebox can only allow each track to be streamed to a site member three times before asking them to cough up for a download via affiliate links to iTunes, Amazon and 7digital. After that the song won't be available for streaming, a spokesman said."
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