Music Samples by Google and Facebook
Here is an unofficial announcement by the NY Times that both Google and Facebook plan to offer music samples through streaming music sites, like Lala, Imeem, and iLike. This move is a no-brainer decision on Google and Facebook’s part. This relationship is a win-win for all parties involved as long as Google and Facebook don’t “improve” the product and come up with their own streaming music services (this is less likely, but still very possible).
Facebook and Google Expected to Offer Music
By BRAD STONE
Published: October 21, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO — Music fans are about to get two new ways to find and sample songs on the Web, as Google and Facebook introduce new features on their services.
Google, the search giant, plans to announce a music initiative at an event it will hold at the Capitol Records building in Hollywood next Wednesday, according to three people briefed on the details, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about the service before it was announced.
The service will give users a more efficient way to find, learn about and sample music after they search for information about bands, albums or songs, said a person who has seen an early demonstration…
Through relationships with streaming music sites, like Lala, Imeem and the MySpace division iLike, users wanting to sample a song will be presented with a pop-up box from one of the music partners that will play at least a 30-second sample, and in some cases, the whole song.