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Google to Launch Music Content Feature

G will begin putting artists links (to songs, lyrics, etc) at top of SERPs

     
2:01 pm on Dec 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Online search engine leader Google Inc. will begin 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, scheduled to debut Thursday, 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, said Marissa Mayer, Google's director of Web products. "We are addressing a deficiency in our Web search," she said.

Google to Launch Music Content Feature [news.yahoo.com]

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woohoo! ;)
2:53 pm on Dec 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Just tried it for led zeppelin ..top of serp was a pic of an album cover and some links to more ..

How long before they sell this spot ..

This makes first in serp appear to be the only relevant item in "G's" eyes ...

Commiserations to anyone at # 2 or below ..

If they roll this approach out to other topics the serps are gonna be #1 ( eventually as a paid for? ) or nothing ..

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If you follow the link to the album Google even gives snippets and links to lyrics sites.
Interesting considering the legal status of such sites [webmasterworld.com]
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I wonder what their criteria will be? Only top name bands, or will it filter down to local artists? Hmmm...
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Now, when someone searches for the name of the artist I created a site about, they get sidetracked to the Google Music thing with links to retailers and sites that are illegally reproducing the artist's song lyrics.

I have affiliate links in my site to sell CDs and such to support my site. It looks like Google is trying to kick my legs out from under me. Is it really Google's intention to eventually kill off all content sites?

-- Roger

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These days, I love listening to Mesothelioma... now how can I get my fan-pages for these bands linked from the top of the serps?
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These days, I love listening to Mesothelioma

Me too! I like their Travel album...Although their best song is V1agra!

:)

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Glad I'm not trying make a living as an affiliate in the music space...
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Glad I'm not trying make a living as an affiliate in the music space...

I'm not trying to make a living at it. I'm just trying to cover the costs of my server. But this latest move from Google will make that very difficult.

C'mon Google ... move that fake search result into the ads area or mark it somehow so it doesn't look like a real search result.

-- Roger

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It's not so hot on classical searches. A search for artist Mozart provides only:

Mozart
Albums: Mozart
Songs: Let the Music Move Me [Funk Instrumental Remix], The Shoe, The Young Man Years, and more...