Guruji tries to do a Baidu with Music Search?

Will India have a Baidu equivalent? That’s a question often asked in the Internet circles. As much as people would like to believe there is a threat to Google in India in the same way as in China, there hasn’t been a significant one till date – in the search market at least. “Why” would deserve a post by itself.

But on to the music search for the time being. The interesting part of the story in China is that Google was actually a leader and then badly lost to Baidu over the years. The trigger was played by mp3 searches. Apparently pirated mp3 download was a big thing and Baidu helped search for and download those. Google would, on the other hand, try to get rid of those pages, because they violated copyrights.

And now Guruji has launched music search in India. It supports search for several Indian Language songs. However, it does not link to mp3 download sites, as they would be as illegal here as they would be in China I guess :). It links to the online stations like musicindiaonline and raaga etc. How big a killer feature would this music search be? I searched for couple of Hindi songs, and the results were pretty good. However, is it that useful really? Usually we know about a couple of places where we can listen to the songs, and go directly there. Are there stations, which have a better collection of one kind of songs than other stations have? If so, probably there would be some utility in the music search. If not, I don’t think its going to create much of a buzz. But no one can predict the future, so let’s see.

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Jaya Jha is an entrepreneur, a techie, a writer and a poet. She was born and brought up in various towns of Bihar and Jharkhand. A graduate of IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow, she realized early on that the corporate world was not her cup of tea. In 2008, she started, one of the first print-on-demand publishing platform in India. She currently lives in Bangalore and divides her time between writing and working on her company's latest product InstaScribe ( with a vision to make it the best e-book creation tool. Blog: Twitter: @jayajha Facebook:

4 thoughts on “Guruji tries to do a Baidu with Music Search?

  1. Hi,

    Guruji cannot make much difference in India. Musiconline and raaga was popular even before Guruji. So people directly login to Musiconline for music downloads. Guruji is missing some of the sites that Google wont miss during a search. Search engine in INDIA can become popular only if it is designed to be used by people who is not familiar in English…Meansd more wikis in mother tongue….

  2. Yes I tried and I think that its very useful website for searching and listening to hindi songs. Its so simple and elegant (like google) that makes it easy to use. Their search is also very good. I was able to find all the songs that I searched for.

  3. Here is another music search engine, which crawls thrid party music web sites and display the search results. You can search and play the songs in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Assamese and more languages.

    Its a good site for music lovers.

    Have a great time.

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