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Google launches music search feature

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MUMBAI: The world's most valuable media company Google will be giving some musical artists the star treatment by spotlighting links to their songs, lyrics and other related material at the top of the results page.

The music section is designed to provide a more direct route to the content that most music fans want to see when they inquire about a singer or band, Google's director of Web products Marissa Mayer says, "We are addressing a deficiency in our web search".

Among other things, Google's music section will provide lists of all the songs recorded on a specific album and also will point to places where the music can be legally downloaded. Google is working with several online libraries to make sure its song list remains up to date.

Google says that now one can search for a popular artist name, like the Beatles or the Pixies, and often Google will show some information about that artist, like cover art, reviews, and links to stores where one can download the track or buy a CD via a link at the top of the web search results page.

Google adds that the more information it can make easily accessible with a simple search, the better. Right now the music search feature mostly works for artists popular in the US and a more limited number of artists from other countries. The plan is to expand it to classical music, worldwide artists, and lesser-known performers. The list of music stores will also grow over time.

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