“Music indexing seems an obvious extension of Google’s content-aggregating activities. After all, music is widely searched, downloaded, listened to, and bought on the Web,” Bambi Francisco writes for MarketWatch. “Google has acknowledged that managing music is a service that people may want. The latest version of its desktop search product includes a sidebar toolbar with an option, or plugin feature, that lets you manage your Apple iTunes music collection.”
Francisco writes, “The sidebar toolbar, which was launched Monday, acts as a dashboard of sorts to give people a quick glance at personalized information from the Web and their desktops. The iTunes plugin, which lets you control the song selection from the sidebar, wasn’t developed by Google, but by a third-party software developer who wanted to manage his iTunes collection on Google’s sidebar, said Nikhil Bhatla, a product manager at Google.”
“OK. It’s not exactly a big Google and Apple partnership (Google’s desktop search doesn’t even work on Apple’s Macintosh computers), nor is Google making a foray into some sort of music-search business. But this little iTunes plugin is an interesting footnote,” Francisco writes.
Full article here.
Google Desktop: More info and download (Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP 3+ only) here.
“gdTunes” is a plug-in for the Google Desktop sidebar. With gdTunes, you can control the Apple iTunes music player.
• Next Song
• Previous Song
• Repeat (Off/One/All)
• Shuffle (On/Off)
• Show/hide iTunes
• Rate songs
More info and download (Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP 3+ only) here.
Is this the reason for the Google/Apple iTunes rumor or is something more to come?
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