Posted September 18, 2008 3:45 pm by with 9 comments

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If you’re like me, your life pretty much has a soundtrack. (For some reason, my soundtrack plays almost exclusively in my head and consists largely of music from before I was born.) Now, the SERPs are even more like your life—Yahoo had added in-SERP full music tracks. Before, you could play only 30-second previews.

Old shortcut:

New shortcut:
yahoo music adds full tracks

You can play up to 25 of the new full-length tracks in Yahoo SERPs per month. The tracks are available through a partnership with Rhapsody, which will also provide unlimited song plays for $13/month. Yahoo says the full-length tracks will soon be available in Yahoo Music, too.

Listening to the tracks in the SERP launches Yahoo’s new media player, FoxyPlayer, at the bottom of the browser window:
foxyplayer popup on yahoo serp

The right-most panel on the FoxyPlayer rotates various options, including a display of how many song plays you have remaining for the month, options to find the video or lyrics for the song, and to learn more about the player:
options at the end of foxyplayer for yahoo

A year ago, Yahoo added video to some shortcuts in music-related searches. This appears to be the biggest change to music-related SERPs for Yahoo since then. In the intervening year, they’ve also added a shortcut for the Beatles ( šŸ˜€ ), while Google appears to have stopped displaying its album-cover Onebox result.