Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a keynote speech at the IFA exhibition in Europe, which included comments on Google Music. “Think about a music player – if it’s not connected to the internet, it just has what’s stored on it,” he said. “It can’t get the music nearby, it can’t get the latest music. It has to be on the net. The same is true of everything.” And he also talked bigger picture, about autonomous search being the next big thing for Google. “This notion of autonomous search – to tell me things I didn’t know but am probably interested in, is the next great stage – in my view – of search.” If Google applies THIS to music, you can imagine the potential.Eric Schmidt also chose his IFA appearance to confirm that the Google TV service will launch in the US this Autumn. The service will bring web browsing to TV sets via partnerships with manufacturers, with Sony already signed up, and Samsung considering it. “We will work with content providers, but it is very unlikely that we will get into actual content production,” said Schmidt. Which isn’t ruling it out. As yet, there’s no direct link between Google TV and Google Music – not least because the latter hasn’t been officially announced yet.

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