First Screenshots of Google's Music Service

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Illustration for article titled First Screenshots of Googles Music Service

Maybe called "One Box," or maybe not, Google's new music service is basically a set of music search tools. And even if it's not an iTunes killer or a stateside Spotify, it still matters.

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Techcrunch has a few shots of the service, which give a pretty good idea of how it'll work: You, Anonymous Google User, will search for music. Google will return a special search page template with artist info, album listings and cover art—this is something they've been doing for a while now. The crucial difference is, you'll be able to listen to songs, either as samples or in full, by way of a iLike and LaLa player widgets, directly from the results. (It could be more—Kafka says Imeem's joining in as well)

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iLike is a music discovery service-cum-music store, which streams samples for free, and sells tracks for $.89 to $1.29, not unlike iTunes. LaLa has a much webbier model, in which users can listen to any song once, after which they can either a) purchase online, browser-based listening privileges for $.10, or download the track in full for $.79. They're two minor players (though iLike got snatched up by MySpace a while back) that just got one of the biggest endorsements imaginable: Prime placement on Google's search pages.

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I don't really see where a desktop client or even a Google-branded storefront fits into this picture, but it's early, and these are just leaks—and besides, as interesting as this is, it doesn't feel quite complete. Maybe new pricing from iLike or LaLa? Subscriptions? Whatever it is, a formal announcement is expected on October 28th. [TechCrunch]

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oh yeah, google-music.... With everything out there already... it just seems like another middle man. Do you really need to find a "best provider" for your streaming content?

No. All you need is information, and both iLike and Lala already provide you with album/artist info, discographies, etc., and much more. As well as a place to listen to them without having to click through a hundred links. I haven't used google's music search engine more than twice, because I haven't needed to. The only thing I search for on google regarding music, is for lyrics, or video. If they're not giving us downloads like Singingfish used to or Skreemr does now, which they most likely wont, then what good is this search engine going to do us?

I am glad to start this off by stating that I've been using LALA for a little over a year now and I cant help but advertise it to everyone I can. Not only can you listen to everything at least once, and get plenty of free web downloads by inviting friends... but you can upload your ENTIRE music library to their servers, or they match your songs to ones they already have. Anything that's in your music library can be listened to unlimited times from anywhere online. ANYWHERE! It's a great way to hear new CD releases each week, and take your music with you. If I could link to my user invite link here I would to get myself a ton of free songs, but I wont.

I dont use my itunes anymore cause all my music is on an external hard drive. Basically my music experiences come from Slacker and Lala now. That's it.

No I don't work for slacker or lala. Yes, I do love them both. #googleonebox