Google starts free music service in China

Posted on Friday, Aug 08 2008 @ 05:40 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Yahoo News reports Google has rolled out a free ad-supported music service in China:
The service poses a challenge to Baidu.com Inc, which dominates China's Internet search market but has, along with other Chinese search providers, faced lawsuits charging that it facilitates copyright violations through downloads of unlicensed music.

Google said on Wednesday its service would initially let Internet users search tens of thousands of Chinese songs by singer or song title on its website and download them from Top100.cn, a Chinese music website co-founded by basketball star Yao Ming.

Advertising revenue from the service will be shared among Top100.cn and its music partners.

"The Internet industry should by no means stand in the opposite camp against the music industry," Google China President Kai-fu Lee said in a statement.


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