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Rich Snippets for Music Show Up to Four Songs for an Artist or Album on SERPs

In addition to existing rich snippets for reviews, video, and events — today, Google “introduced “rich snippets” for music. Now when you search for an artist or album, certain sites that have implemented the new rich snippets markup for music will show up to four songs in their snippet on the results page,” announced Gideon Wald, Associate Product Manager.

“The snippet will display the name of the song, whether it’s audio or video, the duration of the clip, and the album it’s from. Even better, the song title itself will act as a link to the site’s specific page for that song, so that if you know you just want to hear one particular thing, music rich snippets can get you straight there,” informs Wald.

“Up until now, it’s been easy to Google information about musical artists, such as their biographies, pictures from the latest awards ceremony, or recent related news items. However, it’s been comparatively harder to find audio recordings of an artist’s songs. When you’re looking at a results page, it’s not obvious which pages will have songs or samples of music that you can listen to. Starting today, when you search for music on Google.com, you may see songs that are available for you to play in the snippets of certain search results.”

“With this new feature, site owners can mark up their pages using the newly created music markup spec on schema.org, and search results for that site may start displaying song information in the snippet so that users know that there are songs or samples there for them to listen to.”

“You can currently see audio clips on the results page from several partners who have used the rich snippets markup for music, including MySpace, Rhapsody and ReverbNation. For instance, if you search for [gipsy kings] or [kelly clarkson], you’ll see some of the songs they have available to play right there on the results page.”

“As with other rich snippet formats, implementing the markup does not guarantee that your site will be displayed with the UI shown above on a given search; a variety of factors affect whether a particular rich snippet type will appear in our search results. However, having correct markup is a prerequisite for music rich snippets to ever be displayed. You can use the rich snippets testing tool to test the markup of your page and see an illustration of what the search result would look like with music rich snippets,” added Wald.

You can also check out rich snippets in Webmaster Tools Help Center, which includes an article specifically about music rich snippets.

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