Google has had a rough go of it in China. The company appears to fall farther and further behind the home-grown search powerhouse Baidu. The latest struggle Mountain View has been forced to concede is in the world of songs. Google New music Search launched in 2009 as a legal option to Baidu’s very own tool that showed up mainly illicitly shared results. The service never took off, also with the backing of a local partner, and things just got worse when the web giant ended censoring outcomes and took it wares to Hong Kong. The deadly blow came last year when Baidu signed a licensing deal with One-Stop China– a joint venture of Universal, Warner and Sony BMG. Because that day, you can suggest that Google has actually only been postponing the inevitable. Today’s statement formally starts the countdown, and on October 19th Google Popular music Search will close its doors for really good in China.
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