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Google’s Music Onebox Launches, Powered By MySpace And Lala  (View post)

BizAbh [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, October 29, 2009
8 years ago5,212 views

<< Lala, MySpace, iLike, Google and others are officially announcing the launch of Google’s Music Onebox — a special new kind of Google search result that will let you instantly stream songs directly from Google’s results page.

Here’s how the new feature will work: Onebox will let users stream songs directly from Google’s search result page, and will also include additional content like tour information and music videos (the actual content shown will vary depending on the partner — more on that later). Enter a query for “Use Somebody”, and you’re going to see a small ‘play’ button in your search result that lets you stream the Kings of Leon song in its entirety, or buy the song. Clicking on the play button will bring up a small browser window that will immediately start streaming your song. If you enter the name of an artist rather than a song title as your search query, Google will present a handful of popular songs by that artist with multiple ‘play’ buttons. >>

Source: techcrunch.com/2009/10/28/live ...

[Added quotation marks – Tony]

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

<< Every day we get millions of search queries about music. You want to know more about your favorite artists, find that new album or iconic song or figure out the name of that tune stuck in your head. In fact, according to Insights for Search, two of the top 10 queries in the U.S. are music-related. But often, if your answer is in a song, it can take a while to get there. We call this "time to result" — and we're always looking for ways to reduce it.

Today, we're rolling out a search feature that does just that by enabling you to search and more easily discover millions of songs, all via a simple Google web search. If you're searching for music, "time to result" is really "time to music." Now, 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 our music search partners MySpace (which just acquired iLike) 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. For example, if I search for [21st century breakdown], the first results provide links to songs from Green Day's new album. MySpace and Lala also provide links to purchase the full song.

Many times, though, you don't know the name of the song or the artist who sings it. Maybe you remember only the chorus — or maybe you remember who sang it, but you forgot the exact name of the song. If you've ever heard a catchy song in a car or cafe, but just can't figure out the name of the song, you'll know what I'm talking about. This search feature also helps you find many of those songs by entering a search containing a line or two of lyrics. So if I search for [static silhouette somehow], I'll get results for Phoenix's song "Rome."

Finally, a search engine should also be able to help you discover music you'll like, even if you can't tell it what exactly you want to hear. We've partnered with Pandora, imeem and Rhapsody to include links to their sites where you can discover music related to your queries as well.

This feature doesn't just make search better. It also helps people discover new sources of licensed music online while helping artists to discover new generations of fans and reconnect with longtime listeners. Our users love music, and this tool introduces millions of music seekers in the U.S. to a new generation of licensed online music services, from MySpace and Lala to Pandora, imeem and Rhapsody.

Of course, this is just a first step toward making search more musical. There's a lot of music out there in the world, and in some instances, we may not return links to the song you're looking for. But by combining the strength of Google's search algorithms with our music search partners' efforts to increase the comprehensiveness of their music content, we're on track to answer more of your rhymes with the right rhythms.

We'll be rolling this feature out gradually to users across the U.S. over the next day. To learn more, check out this page or watch the video below. As we said back when we first announced universal search, the best answer is still the best answer, whether it's in the form of a video, an image, a magazine — or a song. And of course, the best way to know you've found the music you were looking for is to hear it. Well, let the music begin! >>

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mbegin [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

google.com/landing/music/

SE [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

Keep moving! Nothing of interest for the most of the people.
"rolling out gradually" "in the US".

DPic [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

They should support Jamendo for Creative Commons music

beussery [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Live query while it lasts :)
google.com/search?hl=en&q= ...

Grega M [PersonRank 2]

8 years ago #

I kind of don't like that the music is played in the pop-up...

DPic [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Mm

/me is underwhelmed.

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

None of the queries triggers a onebox for me.

Above 9 comments were made in the forum before this was blogged,

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

TOMHTML, it's US only.

That should be mentioned it in their blog post title, and labelled the music landing page clearly google.com/landing/music. It's a shame that such a global company doesn't care much (or care less and lees) about non US users, at least when they announce US-only products. It would be interesting to know how many foreign user read their official blog...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

The landing page's source includes a lot of weird URLs:

<script language="javascript" src=" i.jsev.com./base.0722489911.js "> </script>
<body class="compact" id="container" onmousemove="return fz3824();" onload="return load1342();" onclick="return click7071();">
<LINK REL="stylesheet" TYPE="text/css" HREF=" i.cssxx.com./base0722489912.cs ... ">
<A HREF = " i.html.com./base0722489912.htm ... "></A>
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" SRC=" i.js.com./base0722489912.js "></SCRIPT>

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

[put at-character here]Jérôme:

The blog post mentions that it's US-only:

"Our users love music, and this tool introduces millions of music seekers in the U.S. to a new generation of licensed online music services..."

"We'll be rolling this feature out gradually to users across the U.S. over the next day."

noname [PersonRank 4]

8 years ago #

Its not Google that limits it to only US – it is the media companies and its rules that make sites like hulu, netflix and also google unable to work globally

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

Finally it works great with a proxy :)

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

[put at-character here]noname these music players works great outside US
s0.ilike.com/play#The+Long+Blo ...

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

>> Can someone from the US let us know if these songs are played back in their entirety, or if they’re just shorter previews? How long do they play?

All of my samples were hosted at lala.com too – It plays the full song, but only one time. If you try to play the song again it only plays a 30 second clip and has this message:

<< With Lala, you can hear one full length preview per song. Each subsequent play will be a 0:30 clip. To hear the full song, buy the MP3 on Lala. >>

Also, you can pause and mute, but you cannot fast forward or rewind.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

[Thanks Mbegin, I updated the post!]

GuillaumeB [PersonRank 9]

8 years ago #

ok well not sure what's the buzz is about. Yahoo! has been doing this for ages....

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

I'd like to see them hook up with Last.fm and Spotify in the UK.

mbegin [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

What's nice too is you can just type some of the lyrics into Google if you don't know the song title or artist and Google will find the song and let you listen...

It worked pretty well with my tests, but I had to add the word "song" at the end of the lyrics in order to get the one box to come up.

Manciuria [PersonRank 0]

8 years ago #

Hi, nice...but I like this music website as well [www.sharedj.com] and it has a social twist as well! :)

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

tproxy.guardster.com/proxy.php ...

WebSonic.nl [PersonRank 10]

8 years ago #

An example search. The popups opens to, but the player doesn't work this way :-).

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