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Google Music Search site for China

Google launched a “Music search site for China” via Google China, a free music downloading service in China which lets users download licensed songs, which will be supplied by music companies in exchange for advertising revenue.

The service’s main page shows a search box and a list of top songs and their artists, along with links enabling you to e.g. listen to the song online. When starting to enter something in the search box, you’ll get a dropdown box, which can both help auto-complete your query, but also transliterates Pinyin into Chinese characters. The Google China homepage itself has auto-completion, too. In the results, you can check several songs and add them to what looks like a song list. It opens in a new window served from Google partner Top100.cn. Songs play back without much hassle using Flash, accompanied by an animated ad banner. And all that legal, apparently; Music 2.0 writes that “authorities and Content Providers can now point to a viable alternative to Baidu’s mp3 search and snap out of their varying degrees of apathy and do something about it. Baidu’s recalcitrant attitude and financial abuse of so-called label partners as it pirates music in broad daylight will inevitably catch up with them now”.

Source:→ Google Blogoscoped

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