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Google will enter online music sector in China

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Feb 2008 15:52 User comments (2)

Google will enter online music sector in China Google has announced plans to enter the Chinese online music market for the first time by joining up with the popular Top100.cn, which allows users "to listen to and download licensed music files for free".
The reports come via the major portal Sina.com and the portal added that the venture should generate revenue through online ads on its music search pages.

Google nor Top100 would confirm or deny the rumors however.

The new venture should help Google compete with the market leader Baidu which holds 60.1 percent share of China's search market and has become very popular "by providing search services for and access to music files, or mp3s, many of which are pirated." The popularity has however been monitored by the international music industry, especially the IFPI.

The IFPI has recently claimed that over 98 percent of all music files distributed in China are pirated and that the legal music market, a meager $76 million, stands as less than 1 percent of the global market for sales.

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114.2.2008 16:32

so google is gonna grow even more ...

29.4.2008 1:32

Originally posted by chaos_zzz:
so google is gonna grow even more ...
This is going to happen whether we like it or not. The only new thing is that they are doingit in China which could be tricky seeing how if google is not careful it can get involved it piracy.

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