Google OneBox music service now live

Google has released its rumored music service and it's not quite what everyone was expecting. Most were expecting, or wanting, a service similar to what Google offers in China. In China, Google offers free music because piracy has nearly killed all legitimate music sales.

Google has rolled its music service into its OneBox offerings. When a user searches for a song the "simple design brings up to four songs to the top of search results. Once one is clicked on, the song will play on pop-up players from MySpace or Lala. The search results are also accompanied by album art and links to music sites Pandora, imeem and Rhapsody."

The idea is to make searching for music easier by allowing users to listen to the song before traveling away from the search result page. This is a clever move by Google as it allows them to retain users longer on their page and also allows them to sell links to music offering services to increase their bottom line.

"After clicking on a song...a music player will pop up... to play it in full at least once, with an option to buy song downloads from Amazon.com Inc. or Apple Inc.'s iTunes.

Users who try to listen to the same song again may get only shorter previews, though the full-length songs along with videos, tour dates, and ticketing and other band information remains available by clicking through to the MySpace or iLike Web sites."

The service remains US only for now but will most likely be expanded as other partners are brought on board.



Thanks to ManiD for the tip!

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Wow, this is just retarded. What use is this? I can go to Amazon and search their mp3 catalog with THEIR search feature and preview with their song samples. Why the heck would I want to go to Google and search so they can send me to Amazon?

if your default search engine is google for your browser you can just type the song name and be able to listen to it without going to amazon and typing it on their site. I like.

I'm in Europe (Slovenia) and I typed Kid Rock - all summer long in google.com and first hit is video result for this song/video, oh there are 4 hits in first result, all came with video and full music =) I don't need fancy Google music feature.

with an option to buy song downloads from Amazon.com Inc. or Apple Inc.'s iTunes

If only online music stores and CD stores like Amazon had a way of previewing the music you want before buying it you wouldn't ever need a service like this.

Ohhhhh wait....

C_Guy said,
with an option to buy song downloads from Amazon.com Inc. or Apple Inc.'s iTunes

If only online music stores and CD stores like Amazon had a way of previewing the music you want before buying it you wouldn't ever need a service like this.

Ohhhhh wait....

Its more likely to have a link listen to the full track. I wish I could do that on iTunes and Amazon. I buy a lot of music online, and it wouldn't hurt to be able to listen to the whole album before I buy. But I bet that would probably hurt record sells.