Facebook in talks with major music labels: report

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A Facebook profile in an undated screenshot courtesy of the company. Facebook has approached major music labels about launching a music service, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. REUTERS/Handout

A Facebook profile in an undated screenshot courtesy of the company. Facebook has approached major music labels about launching a music service, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Social networking site Facebook has approached major music labels about launching a music service, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The talks were described as "preliminary" and come after sources familiar with the discussion told Reuters last week that the major labels had held similar talks with MySpace, the leading social network site owned by News Corp NWSa.N.

Privately held Facebook and the four major music companies -- Universal Music Group (VIV.PA), Sony BMG Music Entertainment (6758.T), Warner Music Group WMG.N, and EMI Group -- were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Yinka Adegoke; Editing by Quentin Bryar)

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