Google Wednesday touted its new music search service, saying that it will make it easier for users to find and click on songs, as well as create a possible new revenue stream by putting the new convenience feature high in its search results.
The search engine giant said in a blog post that the company gets millions of searches a day about music, but that it can take a long time to click to where the song can be downloaded.
Once a user has found the song they are looking for, the link will go to one of Google's music search partners, MySpace or Lala.
MySpace and Lala provide a preview of the music and, very conveniently, just happen to also provide the links needed to purchase the full song.
For users searching for a song but are not sure exactly which song they are searching for, Google is also partnering with Pandora, imeem and Rhapsody.
Google said it did not work directly with any record labels -- contrary to reports that it had forged ties with the likes of Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group -- but had the industry's full support.
Everybody's been very supportive. Indeed, our business model is to improve the search experience with the help of streaming partners, which offer interesting business models of their own, said R.J. Pittman, director of product management for Google.