A local Xinhua report emanating from Sina.com makes the claim, saying the search giant has been testing MP3 searches in recent weeks. If correctly described, the new service performs searches only for legally-listed tracks.
This will be the first time Google has provided an MP3 search service and puts the company in direct competition with Baidu.com, its biggest rival.
Around 30 per cent of Baidu’s traffic comes from MP3 searches, but that search service has faced much legal pressure on behalf of rights-holders.
Google is expected to share ads income from the service with its partners, which will likely include record labels, a company spokesperson hinted. It’s possible the new service will be launched in partnership with www.top100.cn, a report states.