Warner Music Group and Sony BMG have ceased full-song streaming of their music on music service iLike. The blockage comes months after iLike landed a deal with Rhapsody that allows users to stream a limited number of full songs from the service for free.
ya see, Rhapsody lets non-subscribers stream 25 songs a month in full before reverting to 30-second samples, using advertising to cover the licensing costs. But WB and Sony say its agreement with Rhapsody doesn't allow third parties to use the service in this way without their express permission, leading to the blocked content. Hence their beef with iLike.
iLike responded with this informative statement: "From day one, iLike has offered only music that is fully licensed from copyright holders, via a combination of direct licenses as well as third-party relationships such as Muze and Rhapsody. From time to time these arrangements are renewed and re-negotiated, and sometimes it's hard to avoid temporary outages in the middle of discussions."
Do you like Rhapsody? Do you use it to listen to music?