Google added music to its Google Play store in several European countries yesterday, including the UK. But the company is still fielding criticism from industry body the BPI, with boss Geoff Taylor telling the BBC “We don’t think it makes any sense for them to be doing something which does support artists and then, on the other hand, undermine artists by referring consumers to illegal sites.” Yes, this is that row over how quickly and effectively Google is carrying out its promise to downgrade piracy sites in its search-engine algorithm. This, despite Google Play licensing boss Sami Valkonen protesting that “The way that our search engine works is a completely separate algorithm from anything we do on Google Play”. Watch out for another row on the horizon though: Music Ally understands that Google has yet to license Merlin’s catalogue of independent music for its new scan-and-match features in its cloud service…

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