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Just one week after bringing Play Music to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, Google has reached a major licensing deal with Armonia, a music licensing initiative that represents an alliance of publishers from across Europe. The deal will give Play customers access to Armonia's 5.5 million musical works licensed across over 30 countries.

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Armonia's repertoire, which it calls the "widest in the world," includes works from an alphabet soup of collective management societies, including SACEM, SGAE, SIAE, UMPI, SONY Latino, PEER Latino, and SPA.

Besides giving customers access to a huge number of new pieces, this deal is significant in that it represents a unique strategy in music licensing, whereby Google is gaining access to licensing for over thirty countries at once, rather than licensing in countries on a one-by-one basis. Andrew Jenkins, Executive VP for UMPG, explained the significance of the approach:

UMPG is proud to be part of the first joint publisher and multi-society licensing hub in Europe. While others seek to license single company or single society repertoires on a multi-territory basis in the digital space, Armonia is the only significant, operational multi-repertoire digital licensing hub in Europe and is a natural extension to SACEM and Universal’s dual repertoire licensing hub, DEAL. I am delighted that we have been able to conclude this ground-breaking deal with Google Music. … This is the future and Universal Music Publishing, SACEM SGAE and SIAE are leading the way.

It should be noted that while Armonia's repertoire is licensed over 35 countries, this doesn't mean that Play Music is now open to all of those countries. Presumably, though, this will speed up the process considerably.

We can't be sure exactly when Armonia's repertoire will show up in the Play Store (it shouldn't be long), but the deal is great news for European customers looking to get more use out of Google Music. For more info, check out Armonia's press release, linked below.

Source: Armonia via Bloomberg

Liam Spradlin
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  • Flaz3r

    Will this mean that Play Music will be available in Sweden etc?

    • Pedro Madeira

      I guess it will speed up the process

      • http://www.facebook.com/duckofdeath Hans Pedersen

        Cool! Does anyone know when Armonia's repertoire will show up in the Play Store?

        • tookieboy

          "in the coming months" would be the best answer Google will give you

  • drbobb

    MOST of Europe is still waiting for Play Music to become available. Not to mention the Nexus 4 on Play Store, Google Books, ... the list goes on and on.

    • http://twitter.com/Pascalwb Pascal

      navigation etc.

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      Unfortunately, for big corporations, "Europe" means UK, France and Germany (and in some cases Spain and Italy).
      Surprise, surprise, there are several dozens of other countries in Europe!
      We just recently got Voice Search and Street View (after years of waiting) and still have no access to:
      Navigation, App selling, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Magazines, Devices, Google Now, Wallet...
      It is always so frustrating to watch unveiling of some new cool feature, let's say on Google I/O, they get me all over it and then they close the presentation with a little note saying "currently available in the US only".
      And despite they add "but we are working on getting it to other countries as well", I know it actually means something like "Yeah, we launch it here, then maybe UK next year, and the rest of the world... sometimes... maybe... who cares."
      :(

  • Sven

    Great! *deletes iTunes*

  • Cédric Tremblay

    I wish canadian music companies and publishers would take they heads out of their asses and make deals with other people too.

    Uh.

  • Alex

    I just hope this means, we will getting in the rest of the Europe to!

  • Jesper_SB

    Looking forward to the day where Play is more than just apps. First on my list is "devices" but Music is a clear 2nd runner up!

  • adi19956

    Those outside the EU might be excited to know that Armonia's music is licensed in non-EU countries such as Norway and Switzerland.

    Go Google!

  • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

    I'm a little confused - does this mean the European music will be available to the current Google Play Music users, or that the current music will be available to soon-to-be European Google Play Music users?

  • JG

    I'm not sure if this means the above mentioned music is now available (and to non-European audiences -- which would seem to be a rather unlikely availability), or maybe it was part of some other deal that went through recently... Or maybe its always been there & I just never looked (I know they're not on Spotify, don't recall if I ever actually did check GMusic).... But after reading the article, I checked the Play Store for some German groups I like and they were there....

    So now I know I can support the bands & grow my German music collection without having to buy European CDs (much more expensive) & having them shipped state side (increasing the cost).... YEA! I'm a happy bilingual geek now - thanks Google :D

  • PhilNelwyn

    Does anyone in Europe have the Shazam-like widget?

  • FlexPlexico

    Go away google. Come back when your play store opens in Europe. Those select countries does not constitute Europe.

  • Christian Berg

    I Don't care. They don't offer any other payment options beside creditcard. They don't want my money, than i bought it somewhere else....

  • Sootie

    *insert broken record* bring to Australia....

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