AFTER MUCH RUMOUR concerning a possible Google music service to rival that of Spotify and Itunes, Google has released word of its music search feature via the Official Google Blog.
Now, when entering a music-related query - for example, the name of a song, artist or album - Google will display search results that include links to an audio preview of any songs matched provided by Google's music search partners, MySpace (which just acquired iLike) or Lala.
When you click on the music related result you will be able to listen to an audio preview of the song. For example, searching for '21st century breakdown', will provide links to songs from Green Day's new album, as shown below. Google's search partners provide links to purchase the full song.
Google's search feature also allows users to search for music by only using a line or two of lyrics.
Similar to Apple's Genuis feature, Google's engine will attempt to find music you like based on your queries. Google has also partnered with Pandora, Imeem and Rhapsody and will include links to their sites that will display similar search results.
Google will be rolling this feature out gradually to users across the US over the next day or two, but there's no word on a UK roll-out just yet.
Google has made available a video preview of its music search feature which is viewable below.
The Inquirer previously reported on the original rumours last week, when most expected Google to provide an alternative to the big players. That can't be ruled out though, as this new music search might be the search company's first step in providing a larger music service offering. µ
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