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The Ultimate Song Recognition – Identify Any Song By Singing, Humming, Recording or Playing

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I visited a festival in downtown and took few videos of the event using my HTC mobile. At the time of uploading those to YouTube I noticed a great music song playing in the background in one of those videos. God! that beat was great and I wanted to buy copy of that song. The problem was, I did not know the lyrics or song name. I concentrated hard but could not catch the lyrics. Now I asked from YouTube community to please name that music song for me so that I may get it. Few days passed – no response – but then luckily I landed on a website that provided the song recognition service. I tried that – and yes! that worked like a charm. I played my video on my laptop and that website took 10 seconds to recognize that song for me. Can you imagine my joy that time? I can not work without music and I listen to songs a lot. Sometimes single favorite song for whole day. So I have searched some more and I am ready to share few resources that can find the name of the song even if you do not know the lyrics. All you have to do is to hum, play that song at any device (mobile, laptop, PC, speakers), or sing that song. The website will recognize the tune and suggest the title of the song.

Not just that but sometimes we even forget the title of our favorite song. If you can hum/sing that song, you can get that song. Sometimes you are sitting in a restaurant with family or driving to work and listen to some beautiful music playing on the FM radio. The problem is that you didn’t get the lyrics so how do you find out the name of that song.

Search engines won’t be of much help unless you know a couple of words from the song lyrics or know the name of the artist or the band. How to identify the name of that song then?

midomi is designed to identify the song for you in only 10 seconds. Melodis has licensed digital tracks that can be purchased and has accumulated songs from users ranging from aspiring American Idol contestants to professionals. The Chief Executive Keyvan Mohajer who has a Ph.D. in sound and speech-recognition from Stanford University says:

The speech and sound recognition technology, dubbed Multimodal Adaptive Recognition System, or MARS, differs from similar technologies in that it looks at a variety of factors for recognizing samples, including pitch, tempo variation, speech content and location of pauses.

This website has helped me many times and every time when I can not figure out about any song I go there and get the title of song by humming or playing a short recording of that unknown track. Midomi offers a web interface where you can can hum or sing for about 10 seconds and the service will show you a list of matching songs.

Midomi is free to use online, and it also offers mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Nokia Ovi and Windows Mobile phones. So you can identify songs by holding your phone up to a speaker or by singing / humming the melody into the phone.

There are many other services like this. You can find mobile apps to recognize music as well. Let me recommend me more.

AudioTag: Its a music recognition robot. Upload a short music track or point to the file online and find your song.

MusicID: Use your mobile phone to identify music you hear on the radio or anywhere else. Hold your phone up to some music and MusicID will tell you what song is playing! Using a sophisticated music fingerprinting algorithm, MusicID can identify over 28 million songs. They also have an SMS based service for only US residents. To recognize a song via SMS, dial a short code, hold your phone up to some music and you’ll get a text message with the result.

Musipedia: Search for a song by playing it on a virtual piano keyboard or by whistling it to the computer using any microphone.

MelodyCatcher: Enter a melody (even if you don’t know how to play the piano) and search for it on the Internet. Play the tune on a virtual keyboard and find song.

WatZatSong: Record a short sample of the tune online anonymously on WatZatSong. The WatZatSong Community will listen and tell you what song it is! WatZatSong (What’s that song?) is a social music site where you can upload MP3 audio recording/track of the song (or record yourself by humming) and other members will help you guess the song name.

Name My Tune: Sing or hum a song briefly and record it. They will send you an email when other people on that site are able to recognize that tune. So its also a social music community for find the song.

Shazam: Shazam is a mobile application that can be used to find song names from your iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android or Nokia phone. Install Shazam app on your phone, hold your phone towards the audio source and hit the Tag button to let Shazam identify the playing music.

Okay, so what is your favorite music identifying service?

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