Google and major music companies have launched a free Internet music download service for China in a bid to help turn a field dominated by pirates into a profitable, legitimate business.
Kansas City reports the advertising-supported service will offer 1.1 million tracks, including the full catalogs of Chinese and Western music for Warner Music Group, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music and 14 independent labels.
It will be limited to use by computers whose Internet addresses show they are in China. It is not known whether the earlier works of the Peking All-Stars or of performances at the Blues & Jazz will be available. One can but hope.