Google To Launch Music Search Service Next Week

You’ve probably seen Google Finance, where each company has its own page made up of content scraped from all over the web. Google is about to launch a similar service for musicians, says the Hollywood Reporter: “The music pages will package images of musicians and bands, album artwork, links to news, lyrics and song previews, along with a way to buy songs.”

Google won’t sell the songs directly; they’ll most likely be sold by Lala or iLike, according to the article, and Google will only make money off of ads that appear on the pages. Lala is actually pretty cheap: we compared prices on the latest Arctic Monkeys album on Lala and Amazon, and Lala beat Amazon by over $2 dollars for the same 256kb VBR files.

By comparison, the artist pages on Yahoo and over at Last.fm link directly to iTunes and Amazon for sales. (Last.fm also links to something called “7digital.”) They make money off of referrals, as far as we can tell.

We don’t care what business model the three sites use; we just want the best value for our music budget. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t buy your music from Lala today, but we’re still curious to see what sort of service Google will deliver next week and whether they’ll offer any added value.

“Google to unveil music search” [Hollywood Reporter]
(Photo: carolyn.will)

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  1. creative differences says:

    interested in seeing how this will work. my music is on garageband (and therefore on iLike by default), but it is free for downloading and sharing.

    i wonder if artists will have the option to create a profile in google that can link to a non-commercial iLike site? or do the songs have to be available for sale?

  2. goodstuffmaynard says:

    You know what I’ve always wanted? Some kind of service where you can say what bands you’re interested in, and then it e-mails you whenever one of the bands either releases a new album, or is touring in your city.

    Perhaps this new Google service will provide that…

  3. H3ion says:

    Rhapsody seems to work fairly well and has a wide selection. I believe it’s owned by RealPlayer.

    AllMusic (www.allmusic.com) is worth a look.

  4. uncle moe says:

    very anxious to see how the album art comes into play, i’m working thru a pretty big mess of tags trying to get everything just right and in trying to get 500×500 or better images for some bands is next to impossible