Yahoo! Search UK & Ireland has launched Yahoo! Audio Search beta.

The service claims to offer UK Web surfers access to over 35 million audio files from major music services and independent publishers.

It also offers a way to find other kinds of audio, including podcasts and spoken word transmissions - newscasts, speeches, and interviews, as well as other music-related information including music videos, album reviews, artist images and artists websites.

Yahoo! Audio Search also features a price comparison service.

For users already employing an online music service, Yahoo has built a feature called the "Preferred Audio Service". This identifies a user's chosen service and finds audio files from their favourite provider allowing a one-click connection to the applicable service.  

The service aggregates content from iTunes, and also: 7 Digital;; DMusic;; Karmadownload; MP34U; Napster; Soundclick; Tunetribe and Wippit.

Independent publishers can submit content to the index through Media Really Simple Syndication (Media RSS).

The service also offers access to reports, reviews and other relevant music information from Billboard, Dusted, ICE Magazine, Jazz Times, Muze and Rolling Stone.