Google’s search engine just got a lot more useful when seeking out songs, artists, or other music-related content.
Yesterday, the company rolled out the ability to open up music apps automatically when you tap a link from a search for music content on smartphones and tablets.
While this is a tiny change, the move does make a lot of sense for Google. If the company can get people to search Google for songs instead of a specific music application, it’ll be commandeering a portion of the experience. The data collected from those searches will also likely prove useful to Google when it launches its YouTube-branded music service in the near future.
Right now, the new music search functionality works with a handful of top music apps, including TuneIn, Spotify, Rdio, and iHeartRadio as well as Google-owned services YouTube and Google Play Music. It’s only available to users in the U.S., but the company said it is working to bring the functionality to the most popular music apps in other regions of the world in the near future.