24 Dec, 2014:Â Google is getting into publishing song lyrics online. The worldâ€™s most popular search engine has apparently hired staff to transcribe and catalogue lyrics, in order to provide this information to users searching for the words to their favourite songs.
According to reports, Google has begun including lyrics in the results pages for certain search terms . When US-based users search for phrases like â€œstairway to heaven lyricsâ€ or â€œcomfortably numb lyricsâ€, the words to these songs appear at the top of the page, above the corresponding listings for third-party sources.
Itâ€™s a move that pits Google against hundreds of popular websites offering lyrics to thousands of songs. Companies like Genius (formerly Rap Genius) and Metro Lyrics have spent millions to develop their libraries of lyrics, and many of these sites rely on search engines for the bulk of their web traffic.
Google hase been coy about its plans for this feature. Contacted by Business Insider, a spokesperson cryptically alluded to Stairway to Heaven: â€œThereâ€™s a feeling you get when you turn to a song and you know that the words have two meanings,â€ they said. â€œWell itâ€™s whispered that now if you go search the tune, maybe Google will lead you to reason. Ooh, it makes you wonder.â€
But Billboard reports that this scheme has been long in the works. â€œTheyâ€™ve done direct licensing deals with the major publishers to enable the service, and theyâ€™re doing it internally at the moment,â€ an unnamed source told the magazine. â€œThe data isnâ€™t crowd-sourced; thereâ€™s a team of people working to create the database.â€
For now, Googleâ€™s prospective competitors are trying to remain calm. â€œWeâ€™re happy to see Google take an interest in improving lyrics online,â€ Genius co-founder Tom Lehman told Business Insider. â€œWeâ€™d love to collaborate with them to create the best lyric experience the internet has ever seen.â€
Source: The Guardian