The news wires are abuzz with Google’s new music search feature. The new Google feature will allow users to search for an artist, song, album or lyric and get a music result that will include album art and a ‘play’ button that will let you listen to the music. MySpace and Lala will be serving up the music and you’ll be able to play any song in full just once. The music results will also include links to Pandora, imeem and Rhapsody. Lyrics search is provided by Gracenote.
Here’s the video announcement:
It’s about time that Google starts to include the ability to listen to search results – this will help. It’s pretty cool, but I don’t think it changes the music discovery game too much. Search is not discovery.
Update: The Register is particularly unimpressed: “Trying to forcefeed punters a lousy service is a bad idea, amplified by the assumption that if Facebook and Google are the feeding tube, we’ll suck it up.”