Shazam!

» 11 December 2003 » In Tech »

At one of the pubs in London – The Ship, I think – we heard a song that seemed familiar but we could not come up with the name. So Darren said, “Watch this”, and dialed 2580 on his mobile. After the connection was established he held the phone up and waited. In 30 seconds the other side hung up and in a few minutes Darren got an SMS from that number. It was the song, identified – “Get Off” by Dandy Warhols. I was amazement personified.

Apparently, this service is called Shazam. It’s not expensive at all (50 pence for every confirmed song) and they have a database of 1.6 million tracks, plus it keeps a history of the songs you requested identification for on their website, so you can come back and see the list at any time. Now that is a clever application of mobile technology. I would definitely pay to use something like this.

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  1. andrei
    Anonymous
    11/12/2003 at 3:26 pm Permalink

    You’re former employer made something liek this 3 years ago… the Fast “Hum a Tune and Find the Song”… to bad that it went un-monetized like ATW.

  2. andrei
    Tez
    11/12/2003 at 4:33 pm Permalink

    I’m not amazed. All that’s on the other end is a bunch of starving musicians who identify the songs.

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