The add below seems to suggest so. Despite having purchased a large mobile music network 2 years ago the company still seems to be in negotiations and actively seeking to add content to their marketplace, for Zune, Zbox and, of note, Windows Mobile.
See the job ad below.
The Entertainment & Devices Division ("E&D") is seeking an experienced business development professional to drive European content licensing in digital music. This is an exciting opportunity to make a high-impact contribution as part of a rapidly growing business in digital entertainment. The position will support E&D divisions including Zune, Xbox and Windows Mobile.
The Content Acquisition & Strategy Team ("CAST") is tasked with securing content for E&D’s music service efforts globally. The team’s primary functions are:
- Work closely and effectively with E&D product teams to inform their product planning by helping them balance the need to innovate while having a high likelihood of successfully securing content that will be attractive to consumers and meet business objectives.
- Generate enthusiasm and excitement for E&D music efforts with target content licensors by engaging and communicating opportunities effectively
- Negotiate and execute content licensing agreements with target content providers with terms and conditions that meet or exceed E&D’s business needs
- This individual will work within this organization and have the following specific responsibilities:
Â· Drive local music content acquisition efforts in EMEA
Â· Own the relationships with EMEA?based Microsoft subsidiaries and product teams
Â· Own and manage music content licensing relationships with key local licensors and music distributors.
This individual will work closely with the Director of Business Development, CAST to develop and coordinate partner priority, negotiating strategies and closing positions. All CAST members are expected to work closely and successfully with internal and external counsel as well as external consultants retained to assist in execution. Success for this position will ultimately be determined by this individual successfully securing high value content for distribution over E&D’s music service platforms in EMEA under terms that both Microsoft and our partners believe support our business goals.
Candidate must have demonstrated experience leading negotiating teams for music content licensing agreements. Inbound major label music licensing and digital experience is preferred.