Google launched it’s music feature this week and so far I must say that I’m a little disappointed and bored. The purpose seems to be to take out a step in a person’s search for and streaming of a band that they’re interested in hearing. To do this Google has teamed up with MySpace, iLike, Imeem, Rhapsody and LaLa to provide as many tracks as possible. You can search by song title, artist, album name, or even partial song lyric and Google claims that it will give you the song name, artist and a clip if it’s available. The most forefront question is: Didn’t Google already do this, just with out the ability to direct stream from the search page? You’ve saved me one click, Yeah! And don’t get the idea that you can start using Google as your own personal media player. Once you’ve listened to the track once or twice it automatically switches over to a limited 30 second clip instead of being able to hear the entire song over and over. This can be remedied by clearing your browser cookies, but by that point you might as well just head over to MySpace where you can listen to the song as well as many others by the same artist as many times are you want without having to push play on each individual track, granted you do have to deal with the occasional advertisement, but hey, life isn’t easy.
This all just seems like a waste of time on Google’s part. They are going to have to come up with something far more innovative than this to impress me.