Google Music Search, which launched in October 2009, has been taken offline. A Google spokesperson issued the statement telling:
“The music search feature introduced in 2009 is currently unavailable while we make some updates to the user experience.”
Google’s Music Search put songs, albums and artists front and center above Google’s regular search results. Google suggested it would help the music industry by making it easier for searchers to “find and discover music, and to find sites to “preview and purchase” songs.
They did that through partnerships with several then-popular music websites but, as TechCrunch suggested, several of those sites are now gone. Google didn’t partner with either Apple’s iTunes or Amazon, two leaders in digital music sales.
The U.S. search engine company is suggesting that it’s not completely dead.
Meanwhile, Google is reportedly continuing to push a cloud-based music service, but meeting resistance from music labels. It’s unclear if the temporary demise of Google Music Search and/or the user experience “updates” that Google’s working on have anything to do with a Google music service, though.