Thursday, 29 October 2009

Google Music Search announced - YouTube video demonstrates forthcoming Google music service

Google have released details of the Google Music Search service that they are launching.

Info can be found at This Google page reveals the partners for Google Music (Imeem, Lala, MySpace, Pandora, Rhapsody, EMI, Sony Music, Warner Music and Universal Music) and also hosts a YouTube video explaining how Google Music will work:

The Official Google Blog gives further details on Google Music Search. Key features of Music Search are:

- when you enter a music-related query — like the name of a song, artist or album — your search results will include links to an audio preview of those songs provided by Google's music search partners MySpace or Lala. When you click the result you'll be able to listen to an audio preview of the song directly from one of those partners.

- Entering lyrics rather than artist / title into the Search box will still bring up the correct song in the Search results

- There is a 'discovery' function through partnership with Pandora, imeem and Rhapsody. Music Search results will include links to their sites where users can discover other music that is linked to the Music Search query.

Google Music Search will be rolled out across the USA over the next day. Other countries will presumably have to wait longer?

Music has long been a gap in Google's arsenal and Google Music Search will go a long way towards remedying this - with the partnership links making the service rich and useful. With recent announcements on Wave / social search and the like, it seems like the pace of Google innovation is increasing rather than slowing.

.....but one thing is for sure - Pub quizzes will never be the same again!

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