There’s already a couple of powerful search engines for music: they’re called Google and YouTube, and they’ve sparked the odd controversy, as Music Ally readers will know.
But is there room for a *dedicated* music search engine? Startup Qwant hopes so: it’s launching Qwant Music at SXSW this week with the ambition of becoming “the IMDb of music”.
At its simplest, the site enables fans to search for an artist then browse their bio, discography, social feeds, related news articles and videos, as well as links to stream their music from YouTube, Spotify or Deezer, with Apple Music on the way.
Qwant Music is a spin-off from Qwant, which is a more-general search engine that promises privacy (Slogan: “The search engine that respects your privacy” for searches of the web, news, images, shopping and other categories.
“Today, one out of five search engine queries is about music. If you can access a video on YouTube easily, music lovers want to get their hands on everything there is to know about an artist, without going through tons of unreliable fan pages,” claims CEO Eric Leandri.
Qwant hopes artists will sign in to manage their profiles – it’ll face the ‘not yet ANOTHER profile to manage’ barrier there – and says it’s ‘currently discussing’ deeper partnerships with major labels and music-streaming services.