Google Music, The King Maker?

23 thoughts on “Google Music, The King Maker?”

  1. There was a lot of talk about google and apple working together earlier this year. Nothing came of it back then. I wonder if Apple is paying to be listed as the first store for these albums and singles.

  2. I would say given the recent rumors of google going after opera and the recent music search ambitions. This could make them poised for another great position as the mobile market starts to take off. Especially with phones enabled to handle music downloads.

  3. >>> I like the fact that Google is giving representation to even smaller retailers.

    Om,
    While there may be some representation of the small guys, Google has left out the soul of the music world – the independent artists.

    In my tests this morning, the only indie artsits I’m finding in their search, are people with albums being sold at one of the larger online retailers.

    >>> And what better place than Google Music!

    I’d have to disagree. If I want a commercial CD, I’d either shop locally, or use Amazon.com – if I want to buy digital files, I’d use Emusic.com, and if I want free independent music, I use ArtistServer.com.

    If I wanted to spend my time searching, I’d use Google Music Search. But who wants to search?

    >>>The search engine helped me find really obscure artists, their biographies, discographies, latest news, and links to their websites.

    Can you provide a few examples?

    My thought, is that if an artist was obscure, they wouldn’t be at one of the retailers – which means we are talking about a “Long Tail Artist” 🙂 And as you know, retailers aren’t “Long Tail Friendly,” which means the way to find obscure artists is not through a search mechanism that’s built from retail catalogs (unless the catalog is also obscure).

    Certainly, Google has the means to greatly improve the search, but as of now, it’s not impressive, it’s not very useful, and most importantly, there are better ways to find music… especially independent music.

    And yes, I’m a bit biased :), I’m the owner of http://www.ArtistServer.com

    Thanks for the blogging Om!

    Hasta,
    Gideon Marken

  4. While interesting, google Music is nothing more than a catch-up to yahoo, ask jeeves and bunch of others who have a “static” search for music related information, images, etc.

    As Om mentioned, what this is sorely missing is the ability to listen to the music itself. And thats what Mercora has ( http://www.mercora.com ): Instant gratification for the listner.

  5. About Google not having good commerce links for independent artists. It isn’t exactly suprising that Google went for the lowest hanging fruit at launch by targeting links to the big retailers, who will tend to underrepresent independent artists. On the other hand, they invite independent sellers to submit their stores.

    What I think is a bit odd is that results for Harvey Danger, whose latest album is completely self released, link directly to the band’s own storefront. Odder still, the link is lowercase, while every other specialized link I’ve seen under a band’s result is capitolized.

  6. I guess integration of video libraries is next. This announcement is interesting, I do think that a BROADER Google and Apple partnership could be a very powerful proposition for consumers and blow to the competition.

  7. What is so special about google audio search?

    Don’t get me wrong, I like google alot, but I just do not see why there has to be so much fan fare around a product already provided by others…

    Yahoo had it’s audio search for a while…
    http://audio.search.yahoo.com/

    Yahoo! lets you specify which subscription services you are a member of, so you can download a song directly from there and not a vendor google’s specifies… particularly helpful if you have an account with a provider other than iTunes.
    Also, Yahoo!’s searches podcasts, which I have become a fan of.

    In fact, I like it alot more than google’s, whose results (on initial analysis) do not always show what I am looking for in a music search.

  8. i think Google’s ostensible linking to the iTunes Music Store might be its perhaps temporary way to somewhat mitigate the fact that it doesn’t provide you with sampling. iTMS URLs will fire-up iTunes which lets you sample songs right-away, before buying.

    Also, iTMS is likely a faster path to instant gratification for actually *owning* music. It has wider coverage with a collection that’ll cater to the widest audiences, it lets you *own* music, not “subscribe to it”, works on Mac and PCs, lets you burn to CD, and works with the only music player on the market that people actually give a damn about, namely the iPod.

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