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I'm trying the new Google "one-box" search feature that allows, among other treats, one button access to a lala player for tracks of the artist you are searching for.
My comments so far:
- The lala player appears in a separate popup rather than reusing a current lala window (or stealing the google search window itself).
- All my searches so far offer lala selections. iLike, iMeem, Rhapsody, and Pandora appear more sporadically.
- The Steve Reich featured tracks are all from Music for 18 Musicians; the Philip Glass more diversified.
- 4'33" shows up in the John Cage search.
- Searches for David Lang, Michael Gordon, and Julia Wolfe all fail to use this new feature, although I know their tracks are on lala.
- I like the Kronos Quartet and I like Thelonious Monk but why would a query for Kronos Quartet feature their somewhat obscure recording of Thelonious Monk songs? And a query for Thelonious Monk doesn't reciprocate.
- I'm still thinking about the implications that the first Google search result for an artist is now a stream button rather than the traditional textual result. Venture Capital blogger Fred Wilson recently wrote on how he would rather experience new music rather than read about it and I'm also starting to feel that way.
- I can't remember the source but I recently read speculation lala doesn't pay anything to music labels for the first play. They do get a cut if you buy the track for .10. (or the MP3 or the CD).
- I'm aworks in case you get to the lala site and want to follow me...