Rating: Get tracks for free via Magnifier
As skilled news hounds, GoMo News managed to join Google’s Music Beta service even though we don’t actually live in the USA. Well, we’ve just spotted a message from Tim Quirk, head of music programming with Google. He’s promoting a new facility called Magnifier. At first we thought it was a new music search engine but it’s actually a blog. What Magnifier does is highlight new music which you can download free of charge. Each and every day, the team of music experts on Magnifier will add a new track. If you add it you can listen to it on your Android handset by downloading the Music Beta app. Today’s track was Kalimba by Mr Scruff. However, that pointed us to a rich stream of new music – the Free songs section on Music Beta.
Imagine our delight when we found that Don’t Fear the Reaper by the Blue Oyster Cult was in the free section. We downloaded that one immediately.
We weren’t at all surprised to find that Music Beta appears to have never heard of our new discovery – Emile Sande.
In fact, Magnifier itself definitely displays a bias towards Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American music.
As Quirk says about Magnifier, “Sometimes it will be songs you haven’t heard of by artists you have. Sometimes it will be new artists we think deserve more attention. And sometimes there will be video interviews and live performances.”
He also reckons you can always count on the following: – on Magnifier you can add any or all of the songs to your Music Beta library instantly; you can do this for free; and the artist is being featured because someone on our team thinks they’re pretty great.
What interested us here at GoMo News is that when Music Beta points users towards actually purchasing tracks, it takes you to the ‘Shopping’ channel on Google. There’s no tie up with a particular store.
If you want to take a look at Magnifier try visiting here.
And now back to the music … Zombie by the Cranberries. (Great Irish band).