Search giant joins forces with iLike and Lala sites for new initiative

Google have joined forces with iLike and Lala to launch a new online music service.

The search giant’s new music pages are expected to package images of musicians and bands, album artwork, links to news, lyrics, videos and song previews, along with a way to download songs.

The new feature, called One Box, will show song previews in Lala or iLike online music players and users can listen to the music and buy it, reports The Times.

Warner Music, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group have all joined Google‘s service, which is expected to launch next week.

The initiative marks a new way for the search giant and record companies to attempt to rival Apple’s iTunes.