The Internet’s most popular search engine should get smarter about music, as Google updates the algorithms that power its searches this week, a company spokesman said.
“You don’t have to know what you’re looking for,” Google’s Jennie Johnson said.
“If it looks like they’re looking for a song, we’re including in the regular search result links to hear songs from partners,” Johnson said.
Contrary to techie rumors, Google is not launching a music download service, but it will give music searchers a direct link to commercial sites that do offer songs for sale.
Only sites that have licensing deals with artist labels and music publishers will be included in the links that “take you to a music discovery service,” she said.
Those partners include — but are not limited to — iLike and Lala, she said. “Links to explore further, including Pandora and Rhapsody artist pages, will also be packaged in the music search results,” she said.