Google launches music search with Lala and iLike

“Google Inc on Wednesday partnered with Web services Lala and MySpace’s iLike to give music fans an easier way to find, sample and buy songs on the Internet, expanding its music industry footprint,” Sue Zeidler reports for Reuters.

“The global Web search leader will provide users who want to sample a song with a pop-up box that will play at least a 30-second segment — in some cases the entire song — provided by iLike and Lala, which will then offer links to purchase the music,” Zeidler reports.

“Google has also teamed up with Pandora, iMeem and Rhapsody to incorporate links to those music sites, to help consumers discover music related to search queries,” Zeidler reports. “Google will begin rolling the feature out to users across the United States on Wednesday.”

Zeidler reports, “The new capability will help listeners find songs by entering a search by title, album, artist or even with a line or two of lyrics… The Lala-powered music service allows users to stream any song in its catalog of 8.5 million tunes once for free, and then sells unlimited [low-fidelity 64 kbps] streams for 10 cents per track and MP3 files [VBR average of 256 kbps], starting at 89 cents… Lala also soon plans to release an Apple iPhone application.”

Full article here.

24 Comments

  1. this is like when you’re playing a video game, and the last boss is a combination of all the lame bosses you already killed in the earlier parts of the game….

    woo…..

    Rhapsody wants to get back at iTunes… watch out!

  2. >>Obviously, 64kbps might be OK for spoken word, but it absolutely sucks for music. Even at 10 cents, no thanks.<<

    The article is inaccurate. Lala streams tracks based on your connection speed. If you have high bandwidth, it pumps a higher quality version of the stream at you.

    And you can listen to your entire music collection for free on Lala.com. Not just the music in their catalog. It’s a fantastic service.

  3. @TowerTone,

    You’re right, I am reading this article at work. I work in the IT department of a major university where it is well within my job description to read computer industry websites like MacDailyNews to stay up on what’s current. In other words, it’s part of my job, and I’m guessing I’m not the only regular reader of MDN who fits that description.

    In my work, it’s OK and fully expected for me to read industry-related websites. It’s definitely NOT OK to have high-res images of sexy women (“fully clothed” or not) filling up my screen. In fact, it’s grounds for termination. And even though my (female) boss didn’t happen to be walking by when that picture loaded, it is now logged somewhere in my organization that I had browsed to that particular page.

    I’ve been reading MDN for a long time, during which I’ve come to regard most of your comments as frequently insightful and often humorous. As a result of that track record, I’ve come to trust what you had to say, and my eyes would always stop on your username and read your comments, no matter how deep in the thread they were. That trust has now been broken, as it led me to click on your off-topic and un-labelled link to an image which, in my workplace at least, is definitely NSFW. Since clicking that link (however erroneously) has compromised my relationship with my employer and could lead to me having to explain my actions, my trust in your comments, and the MDN environment in general, has now been diminished.

    The bottom line, TowerTone, is that your actions in a public forum have consequences for everyone who participates. It was immature and disrespectful to others to post that comment. Your actions have diminished your reputation with me on this site, and have diminsished the value and safety of MDN as a news source for me. So, instead of getting defensive, you might try to man-up and change your ways.

  4. My God, do I need a lawyer?
    Get over it, Deus.
    My reply to you was in humor, too.

    And if your boss is offended by a picture of a pretty girl, whether intentionally loaded or accidentally, then it is time for her to realize that too much PCism destroys a workplace.

    Seriously, we have all had fun on this forum for years, and I have seen much, MUCH worse in the way of links posted.

    I’m not sorry for the link, but I am sorry that people have to work in areas that a harmless picture can cause so much consternation. But then again, we pay for what we allow….

  5. Deus

    For that saying to apply, I would have had to post another photo that was actually NSFW and claim it was OK.

    Second rule of holes: learn your ass from one. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. Deus Ex Technica,

    You are right. TowerTone should not have posted this without fair warning about what he was linking us to.

    TowerTone,

    You are right. Deus Ex Technica is being uptight about the whole situation because he values his job to the point that political correctness is now ingrained into his way of life.

    Seeing as you are both right, are you going to keep going at it like little kids?

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