Soundcloud is close to finalizing a deal that would give the three major label groups an ownership stake in exchange for the labels not suing the audio platform. The deal, which gives Universal. Sony and Warner Music each a 3-5% share in exchange for the right to keep some major label music on the platform, reportedly values SoundCloud at $500 million. What About Independent Labels & Artists? As with the early days of MySpace and other social music sites, independent music helped create SoundCloud and remains crucial to its popularity. But so far, there's no mention in the reports that...

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