Search engine giant Google is focusing its energies on developing free music downloads in China, as well as struggling to maintain the online advertising industry in the west.
Google is battling with Microsoft over its potential takeover of Yahoo!, which the search engine market leader claims would unfairly affect competition.
But in China, Google is also trying to secure a deal which would allow it to offer free music downloads from some of the world’s leading music companies.
The move is part of a strategic battle with Baidu.com, the online search engine which is currently dominating the Chinese market and causing some concern for Google.
Baidu.com gets a lot of its traffic from users searching for illegal music downloads and Google is hoping a legal, free service, would be able to prise some of the huge amounts of traffic onto its own sites.
The Chinese-based engine currently holds a 60 per cent share of the search market in China, compared to Google’s 26 per cent.