Google Starts Showing Detailed Song Lyrics, Takes on Genius and Metro Lyrics
Albeit Google makes most of its money from advertising that comes from websites, the company has recently started affecting many websites with its algorithm changes. Accused by many of transforming itself into a content farm, Google has now started showing detailed song lyrics in its search results.
initially by the folks at SearchEngine Round Tablet, the feature is slowly rolling out to users from all over the world. So, if you will perform now a search for a popular song, you will most likely be able to see the full lyrics. At the moment, though, the feature is mainly available for folks in English-speaking countries, but will soon roll out to the rest of the world.
It seems that Google has actually hired staff to transcribe and catalogue lyrics, in order to provide this information to users searching for the words to their favorite songs. With this move, Google will be ‘stealing’ millions of daily searches from popular websites offering lyrics to thousands of songs, such as Genius and Metro Lyrics.
Billboard says that Google has been working on this feature behind the curtains for quite a while now:
“They’ve done direct licensing deals with the major publishers to enable the service, and they’re doing it internally at the moment. The data isn’t crowd-sourced; there’s a team of people working to create the database.”
While this feature will prove helpful to searchers, as it will save them from that extra-click, we wonder what will be publishers reactions. Google has already expanded the reach of its knowledge graph, which is hurting publishers from all over the world and in various fields.