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Report: Google Audio/Visual Search Coming

By - July 13, 2004

The NY Post reports that Larry and Sergey talked up an upcoming multimedia search capability while at the Allen & Co. retreat this week.

Google is planning to launch a new feature to allow users to scour the Internet for audio and video clips, The Post has learned.

The company has yet to announce plans for the new service, but Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page made no secret of it during talks with investors and media executives at an annual retreat hosted by investment bank Allen & Co. in Sun Valley, Idaho…

…When it comes to multimedia searches, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google trails some of its competitors.

Yahoo’s AltaVista, one of the oldest search engines, already allows users to search for audio and video. Time Warner’s AOL, which has paid-search partnership with Google, bought Singingfish earlier this year in a move to offer multimedia search capabilities.

In the past, Google and other search engines have expressed some trepidation about listing audio and video files because of legal concerns that some of the content may have been illegally copied and downloaded.


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3 thoughts on “Report: Google Audio/Visual Search Coming

  1. pleeker says:

    With the recent Gephardt/Edwards gaffe in mind, are we sure it wasn’t Teoma? :-)

  2. Nokinee says:

    I believe http://www.exploseek.com already does this in a good way…..

  3. gary price says:

    And speaking of political gaffes… Have you used

    CampaignSearch.com http://www.campaignsearch.com
    uses voice recognition technology (from Stream Sage) to keyword search video (each and every word) from campaign related video.

    Speechbot is another tool that does the same thing with radio programming.
    http://www.speechbot.com