Thursday, October 29, 2009

Google gets into the music game

Today Google announced an addition to their search algorithm that should make searching for music considerably faster/safer for everyone. Rather than offer links which simply match the search characters, Google has partnered with several music streaming websites (imeem, Lala, Myspace) to allow streaming audio within your search results. So, rather than having to sift through pages upon pages of dead end blogs or music forums, you can find the song/artist you are interested in effortlessly. In addition to helping you find music by artist/title, Google's new search feature can even track down songs from tiny snippets of lyrics if you only have a couple words stuck in your head. I don't think this is a revolutionary development on the music front, but removes a lot of the guesswork and frustration that used to go hand-in-hand with searching for music. Tiny steps towards instant, unlimited streaming. You heard it here first.

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