While biding my time before meeting up with Marco and Richard for the Carrefour Spring Wine Fair, I had dinner with Tita Beth and China Lei at their apartment. They had CNN on TV and Susan Boyle was one of the headliners for wowing the crowd with her amazing rendition of Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed A Dream”. I watched the video online and it made me cry in tears. It was really amazing! I just hope she has another song up her sleeve that will be as equally or much better than her audition piece.
Another headline on CNN was music piracy. In China, where everything can be copied and intellectual property rights are difficult to protect, Google China in cooperation with major music labels offer free downloads on Google. Their aim is to beat Baidu on it’s huge share of the internet search engine market.
When I found out about it, I tried it this afternoon downloading my favorite Chinese and English songs. They don’t have a very wide selection as yet but they’re aiming for 1 million songs before the year ends. The search engine is in Chinese but it’s easy to navigate even though you’re not a Chinese reader.
Here’s how to use Google Music:
- Go to http://www.google.cn
- Click the “音乐” icon. That’s the 5th one from the left. Then, it will open a new window
- On the search field, type your favorite artist.
Happy Music Downloads! It’s Free and Legal!