Rovi, Yahoo Strike Metadata Deal

Yahoo has agreed to license Rovi Music, Rovi’s music database of information, editorial and multimedia content, a deal that gives Yahoo the right to use that metadata across its music-oriented Web sites, services and products, as well as developer APIs.

Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but Rovi estimates that its music offering covers more than 3.3 million album releases and 30 million tracks.  Rovi Music features original reviews and biographies written by subject-matter experts, as well as cover art, artist photos, song samples, music videos and links to relevant social media content.

“We view high quality content as core to delivering inspiring and entertaining experiences for our users,” said Arnab Bhattacharjee, vice president of engineering, Yahoo, in a statement. “Rovi was a natural choice as we continue to enhance our music-related products and services and fuel better music discovery and enjoyment.”