Google launches free music search service

LOS ANGELES, CA The service, called Music Onebox, was announced Wednesday. It lets Chinese users access music online, legally. It directs them to a site backed by some major record labels and supported by advertising. One of its investors is Chinese basketball star Yao Ming.

Users outside China are blocked from accessing the tunes.

Paid music downloads are practically nonexistent in China, but Internet users there have had wide access to pirated tunes. More technology news | Houston blogs | Houston headlines on Twitter | RSS feeds

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