Google Debuts Music Trends
Google has introduced Music Trends, a new service that utilizes the Google Talk IM client to track global music tastes and patterns. Talk users must opt-in to the service and “share” their music playlists from one of several players, including Windows Media Player, iTunes, Winamp, and the Yahoo Music Engine. Google then archives listening habits and presents the ranked results in a searchable database that is updated every night.
Google’s goal of organizing the world’s information has now entered the music realm. However, some critics state that the company is likely looking not only to “organize the world’s information,” but also to “sell ads against it.”