Free, legal mp3 download wars - First Spotify and now Google

Google has launched an ad-based MP3 download service in China which looks like it will soon compete with Spotify, Baidu (the leading Chinese search engine for websites, audio files, and images) and, more immediately, illegal downloads.

Google has obtained the backing of 14 independent labels and four of the world’s largest music labels but will still struggle against Baidu which currently dominates China’s MP3 download services by favouring unlicensed music.

Google’s music download search service won’t be offered outside China, yet. I suspect it will be just a matter of time before we get to see such services being offered over here.

Source [Register]

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