Gracenote deal points to music lyrics on iTunes

Gracenote, which maintains the CDDB and provides music information to the iTunes Music Store, has obtained licenses to distribute lyrics online. Gracenote said it obtained the rights to the lyrics of more than 1 million songs from BMG Music, Universal Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peermusic and other publishers. The company said it was currently talking with its partners, including Apple and Yahoo about launching a service to offer legal and accurate lyrics. The industry service would be the first to distribute lyrics legally to online services like the iTunes Music Store.

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