Google Launches Lyrics-Finding Feature for Search Results
Google added a new feature to its search engine that displays the lyrics of a song directly in its search results instead of showing just links to the lyrics page. So now when you will type “song title” followed by “lyrics” keyword in the search bar of Google, you will be shown the lyrics to the song at the top of its search results pages.
The move is apparently designed to boost Google Play’s sales because full lyrics will not be shown and to see full lyrics, you will have to click on the Google Play link where you will be lured into buying the song or subscribe to an all-access service. So the feature might not be so useful for those who get annoyed by the ads and “subscribe us” pop-up boxes shown on third-party lyrics sites.
These third-party sites like azlyrics.com, metrolyrics.com or lyricsfreak.com compete with Google’s paid links because of their high SEO ranking. Google hopes to turn traffic away from these sites and towards its Google Play.
Microsoft also tried to show lyrics on its Bing search engine at the top of search results just like what Google is doing now. The move was made by Microsoft in order compete with Google’s “Knowledge Graph.”
The Knowledge Graph feature was incorporated into Google Search in 2012. It shows an info-box on right of the search results page, displaying additional information about the subject being searched, which is collected from different sources, like Wikipedia, Google Books, Freebase and more.
The main idea behind this feature was to provide information about the subject instead of showing just links to the relevant pages. Microsoft also followed the same philosophy.
Now, Knowledge Graph would also show lyrics of the song you are searching for.
Initially this feature has been made available for US version of Google Search only. It has undergone beta testing few months ago. The testers learned that not all songs had their lyrics displayed by Google, and that many popular songs were not included in lyrics-finding feature.
It might be because Google worked with limited database initially, testers believed.
Third-party sites that host lyrics are highly concerned about this feature and said that this would affect the industry badly. Google will be able to redirect most of the web traffic towards its own services and this might be the end for them. But it will be only if Google is able to provide lyrics to all songs like the third-party sites do.