.

Google Team With Yao Ming For Free Music Service in China

August 6, 2008 10:48 AM ET

Google and Houston Rockets' star center Yao Ming have teamed up to launch a new music service in China that will allow users to freely download licensed songs. China is already rife with music piracy, so Google figures that if people are gonna get their music for free, might as well make some ad revenue off, which the site will share with the music industry. Google linked up with Top100.cn, a site co-founded by basketball star Ming, to allow users to search and download thousands of artists and songs. As advertised on the website, you can now download Kelis' The Hits, Deep Forest and 酷玩乐队, which is evidently Coldplay in Chinese. "The Internet industry should by no means stand in the opposite camp against the music industry," Google China President Kai-fu Lee said. While it seems Google rules the world in our hemisphere, the search engine is a distant number two to Baidu.com in China, and as China has more internet users than any other country in the world, Google hopes Top100.cn will help tip the scales.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com