Google China Integrates MP3 Search

Posted Aug 5, 2008

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has decided to conform with what other search engines in China are succeeding in: MP3 search.  Google China previously invested in Top100.cn, a legal Chinese music download service store.  The Google China MP3 search service is available at: http://www.google.cn/music/.  This service is only available to those in China. 

Below is a screen shot of what the service looks like

[source: China Web2.0 Review]

Google China MP3 search allows users in China to download MP3s, read lyrics, and buy ringtones.  Google China will share advertising revenue with music labels and charges RMB 1-3 yuan per download.  This is Google’s way of competing with Chinese search engine juggernaut Baidu.com.  About 9% of Baidu users search for MP3s.