Google Offers Free Music to China

The LA Times blog reports on ’s new strategy for distributing music online in China:

The U.S. search giant launched a beta version of a Chinese music service called Music Onebox, which is available only in China at www.google.cn.

[…] The way it works: When visitors to Google’s home page search for artists or bands, they are directed to www.top100.cn, a music site, to download or stream music. The site has financial backing from basketball wonder Yao Ming. Yes, the very tall one.

Google said it would not share in the money made off of ads on the music service. Instead, the ad money would be split between www.top100.cn and the music labels and publishers.

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