Just to prove I am really not as technical savvy or know it all about the web as some of you fools think; today I absently blundered into a nifty piece of Google tech that is, oh, about two years old. A bunch of people will comment, “Oh heck yes, I knew about that like 8 years ago…” Good.
So if you type in any Google search hole the name of a band, singer, album (help me out, are they still called “albums”? “CDs” do they even exist in these days of single song sales???), and your search results likely will include an album cover and links to more info.
So if I search on, oh, say the name of a long time favorite band from my teen rock years in Baltimore, I get a list of all of their albums, plus some more band info on the left- artist web sites, news, images, and a place to discuss the artist. That is far from rocket science, as those are just linked searches to normal G search, Google News, Google image search, and Google Groups.
When I go into one of my favorite live albums from this yet to be named band (heck, click it yerself), I then get s list of all songs in the album, each linked to more info, and of course, links to purchase the album or single song form online music providers….. er sellers, iTunes, AOL, Rhapsody, etc.
Drilling down into say, one of the funky songs, you get what is pretty much song metadata (artist, album, title, author duration), links to sites with the songs lyrics, and yes! Again, more links to buy the music!
The nifty thing I did like is the link to All Versions of This Song, now a bit more interesting. Is it by songs with that exact title? No, that would be a cheap way to do it. It looks like this search also matches the “author” of the original. So this leads me to a 1970s artist who was heavily influenced by the band not mentioned above.. and ironically, to sort of make a full circle, this artists first album, the one that featured a cover of the song of the band not mentioned, recorded the album on New Orleans.
The Google Music search i certainly no huge ground breaking innovation, but is a bit of a subtle example how the search logic and some simple data relationships can create interesting connections. There is no place on Google Music search to actually hear the song, or a sample of it… if you are more cynical, you can see it all as a thinly veiled effort to put link in front people that lead to online pay music stores, where Google is likely getting a cut of everybody’s slide of pie.