Yahoo tests audio search service

Yahoo started testing a new service Thursday that lets users search for audio files on the Web

Interested in finding a tune on the Internet? Try Yahoo's new audio search service, which the company began testing Thursday.

The service, available at http://audio.search.yahoo.com/, allows users to comb through more than 50 million music, voice and other files for free.

All they need to do is punch in words or phrases, say, of a song and are given a list of audio files that they can click on and play.

If a song is for sale by a music site, such as iTunes or Napster, Yahoo Audio will link to a Web page where it can be purchased.

The new service will include podcasts, which are recordings made to be played on a computer or a digital device, such as Apple Computer's iPod player.

Yahoo's new service will also point users to news, photos and the Web sites of artists, as well as information about their work.

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