OneBox Service Unveiled by Google
Google is getting into the online music business with the unveiling of its OneBox service which helps users find and buy music online. To accomplish this, Google has partnered with some of the industries top names like Lala, iLike, Pandora, Imeem and Rhapsody to provide a free streaming service. When users search for the music they want, they will see a list of tracks with a play button alongside each one. Whey they press the button, a music player will load and the track will play. In addition to listening to the tracks, users will be able to purchase the MP3 version. The US currently has this service online; however, Google is also trying to find international partners to provide this service, as well.
Google has this to say about this new feature: “This feature doesn’t just make search better. It also helps people discover new sources of licensed music online while helping artists to discover new generations of fans and reconnect with longtime listeners. Our users love music, and this tool introduces millions of music seekers in the US to a new generation of licensed online music services, from My Space and Lala to Panadora, Imeem and Rhapsody. Of course, this is just a first step toward making search more musical. There’s a lot of music out there in the world, and in some instances, we may not return links to the song you’re looking for. But by combining the strength of Google’s search algorithms with our music search partners’ efforts to increase the comprehensiveness of their music content, we’re on track to answer more of your rhymes with the right rhythms.”