Google partners with Apple iTunes Music Store (and others) for new Google Music search

“Google Music will allow a user to type in the name of a band, artist, album or song in the main Google search bar special, and results will appear at the top, accompanied by icons of music notes, said Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience at Google,” Elinor Mills reports for CNET News. “Items that can be purchased will have links to merchants for online ordering or downloading, she said. Initial merchant partners include Apple Computer’s iTunes service, RealNetworks Rhapsody, eMusic and Amazon.com.”

“‘We aren’t building out a music store,’ Mayer said. ‘We are getting people to the iTunes store’ and others,” Mills reports.

Full article here.

An example of Apple’s iTunes Music Store being linked to a Google search for “U2” is here: http://www.google.com/musicl?lid=HWZlDZ6iktF
Funniest bit? The “and others” addendum. The iTunes Music Store steamroller continues.

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15 Comments

  1. Does this mean that if I start the aaaaMusic Store, my link will appear in before the iTunes link? If you look at the example page, it appears the store listings are in alphabetical order. If so, someone’s going to adopt the old Yellow Pages strategy to spoof Google.

  2. I like how Marissa says it. At least, it sounds like she says it:

    “We are getting people to the iTunes store . . . err, and uh, umm . . . and others.

    Yaah. Yaah, that’s the ticket. And others.”

  3. *** INTERESTING INFORMATION ***

    The STANDARD would be to list in alpha sequence, but in fact they don’t. Using the MDN U2 example link above, I clicked the “show all 10 stores” link (http://www.google.com/musiclp?lid=HWZlDZ6iktF) and what is interesting is that they are in no particular order. Refresh the page over and over and the order changes at random — with the exception that iTunes is alway son the top!!!!

    Perhaps this is the remnant of that rumored Apple/Google deal???

  4. “If you look at the example page, it appears the store listings are in alphabetical order.”

    Yes! My new music store, “Aardvark Music”, will totally dominate the music industry! And I will release the AardPod and rule the world! Mwahahaha!

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  5. My guess is that iTunes is listed first because “i” comes before “R” (Real).

    And “N” (Napster). And “W” (Walmart). And “M” (Musicmatch, MSN Music, MTV). Unless some one starts the “AAA Music Shoppe”, it looks like iTMS has the first slot sewn up.

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