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Google unveils music search

Google incorporated music into its search results in the United States from Wednesday which include clips from partners like MySpace, Lala, Pandora, iMeem, and Rhapsody.

Users looking for artists, songs or albums by name will receive links to audio previews and options to purchase tracks or albums from Google's music search partners MySpace and Lala.

They can also locate songs by lyrics, if the full titles are not known. Lyric data will be provided by Gracenote.

"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," Google said in a statement.

The music features will not be available to users elsewhere in the world. But Google is open to talking with possible overseas partners, said Marissa Mayer, vice president of search product and user experience at Google.

"This is pushing search traffic and business opportunities downstream to online partners and artists and labels, so we're happy to provide a great music experience and also direct lots of music-seeking traffic to partners that can take it from there and convert it to great music discovery," said R.J. Pittman, product manager for the music service at Google.
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