Originally a Firefox add-on, FindThatBand has gone Chrome. Instead of hopelessly searching for music within the endless black hole which is the Web, Google Chrome users can now find their favorite bands by highlighting text.
To find the band, simply highlight its name and hit CTRL twice. A pop-up will instantly appear with a list of 11 music resource sites. This list consists of MySpace, Last.fm, Pandora, Wikipedia, Hype Machine, Amazon, iTunes, Discogs, allmusic, iLike, and Grooveshark. (Last.fm is a CBS site, as is CNET.) Between all of these sites, it is highly likely that you will find what you are looking for, even if the band is on the more obscure side of the musical spectrum. Clicking on any of these choices will automatically open a new tab with the artist's page on the corresponding Web site. Sites like Grooveshark and Hype Machine play full song playlists at your disposal, whereas Pandora and Last.fm will play radio stations based on your artist.
The add-on's functionality is identical to its Firefox counterpart when it comes to searching for bands within the site list. However, the loading time for the extension is slightly faster in Chrome and no right-clicking is necessary. There is also a FindThatBand icon added to the top right-hand side of the address bar. Within this settings menu, you can include or exclude certain Web sites that the extension navigates through. It is also possible to rearrange the order in which the sites show up in the search list. As far as aesthetics go, the Chrome version is slightly foxier. Unlike the Firefox version, where users have to navigate through a short menu of right-click options, one rectangular menu appears instantly after the double CTRL push. With no clutter and no submenus, the simple list of Web sites looks sleeker in Chrome.
Visit the extension's Web site for a full list of updates and information on this useful tool.