Google has reportedly reached an agreement with Sony Music Entertainment to license its catalog of music – which features albums by acts including Pearl Jam, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson and Sade – to the tech giant's new digital music store, set to launch later today. Once the deal is signed, the only major record company without an agreement with Google will be Warner Music Group, the home of the R.E.M., Madonna and Fleetwood Mac's back catalog.
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Google has spent much of the past year obtaining licenses from record companies to build a music service aimed primarily at users of its Android mobile operating system. Until recently, the record industry has been wary of partnering with Google out of fears of piracy and concerns over the company's ability to get users to pay for content. EMI's music division, which was recently purchased by Universal Music Group, was the first major record company to sign on with Google, and the Merlin Network – a consortium of indie labels including Merge, Epitaph and Beggars Group – followed. A deal with Universal Music Group is expected to close sometime today.