Ever more of the web is becoming searchable. And Yahoo! seems to be one of the leaders here, believe it or not. Marketing Vox pointed me to the fact, that in addition to video search (which Google still doesn’t have) it now offers music and sound search. They are not the first, but the most comprehensive, as Yahoo! is allowed to scan most of the internets commercial sites:
a new search engine feature that will pore through millions of songs offered by popular Internet music services like iTunes, Rhapsody and Napster.
writes Businessweek online. But it is also about newscasts, speeches, etc. and, yes, podcasts.
The index identifies the content by reading information – known as „metadata“ – embedded in the files. Which should, hopefully make it relevant – more relevant as if they just searched the site on which the sound files are placed onto.
And one more:
The diversification beyond searching simple text online reflects the Web’s evolution into a multimedia hub
Apparently, we can’t expect anything similar from Google soon, as it „isn’t yet so musically inclined.“