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Is Facebook Inc (FB) Launching a Music Streaming Service?

Shares of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) gained more than 1.3% in early morning trading hours Wednesday after the company agreed to a new deal with ICE, a pan-European online rights hub. ICE described the agreement as a “landmark” deal, and it marks the social media behemoth’s first partnership with an online music licensing firm.

Is Facebook Inc (FB) Launching a Music Streaming Service?
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Facebook’s agreement with ICE covers 290,000 rights holders, across 160 territories. The deal allows Mark Zuckerberg’s company to license these files on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus, and Messenger.

“We are delighted to continue deepening our relationship with music by partnering with ICE in a first-of-its-kind licensing deal,” said Facebook’s head of international music publishing business development, Anjali Southward, in a statement.

While the deal with ICE is Facebook’s first with an online rights distributer, the company has been busy building relationships with major record labels and publishing agencies over the past several months. In December, FB inked a multi-year licensing deal with Universal Music Group, which was quickly followed by a separate deal with Sony/ATV Music.

Facebook has also recently agreed to licensing deals with Global Music Rights, HFA/Rumblefish, and Kobalt Music Publishing.

Exactly where these licensing deals fit into FB’s growth plan remains unclear. The company has been ramping up its investments in original content and live streaming, and that probably requires some sort of access to music.

But Facebook’s music plans might just be grander than that. Considering the scope of the aforementioned deals, FB may very well be gearing up to launch a streaming service that would rival Spotify, Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P), and Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Apple Music.

Groups like ICE work to make sure that artists and labels get paid when their music is played online. That could mean managing licensing for video content, but it could also mean ensuring accurate streaming royalties are being distributed.

ICE has already said that it will be collaborating with FB to ensure that accurate royalties data is being reported in the early stages of the deal, and the rights hub seems optimistic about the future of its relationship.

“We are excited to work with Facebook to ensure we are delivering value back to creators for the use of their works on Facebook platforms,” said ICE’s commercial direction, Ben McEwen.

McEwen would later say that the “future of music depends on our industries working together” and a closer relationship between Facebook and the music industry could “enable the development of new models for music consumption.”

Could one of those “new models” be a music streaming service that is intertwined with a social media platform that boasts more than 2 billion monthly users around the world? Only time will tell.

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