Google this morning added a music search feature to it's popular search engine. Type in for example "Pink Floyd" and the top result featured includes a photo of the artist, a bit of information, and a link to "More music results from Pink Floyd".
This takes the browser to a page filled with artist images, CD covers and many links including directly to sites selling CD's and downloads of specific albums and tracks. According to SearchEngineWatch.com Google has no financial relationship with the sites and that searches only bring up vendors that sell the particular title.
Google is late to the game following Yahoo, MSN and others into the music search space. But clicking on the top link in Yahoo and MSN takes you to their own music sites (Yahoo Music Unlimited and MSN Music respectively) whether or not they actually sell tracks by the artists. Clicking on Google's music link leads you to a number of more accurate links with which the search giant has no affiliation. It's this kind of smart "unselfish" move that Google has made repeatedly garnering immeasurable credibility with consumers.
This attention by web giants also underscores music' s importance in people's lives and marketers' desire to profit from it. "When we did log analysis, we found a surprising number of users doing queries on Google for music," Marissa Mayer, Google Product Manager told SearchEngineWatch.