music search


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Related to music search: music search engine

music search

To find information about songs and music. There are many music database and identification services on the Internet that enable users to find missing track titles for their CDs and digital files, as well as identify songs by sound, singing or humming. There are also services that recommend songs to users based on their taste (see music recommendation service). Following are the various ways music databases are searched.

Search by Disc Table of Contents
Although added later (see CD Text), the only descriptive data (meta-data) in the original CD music disc were a table of contents (TOC) containing track numbers and lengths. In order to display artist and song titles on the computer or add them to MP3 files when ripping CDs, several databases were developed that identify a disc by table of contents. See music CD identification.

Search by Digital File Fingerprint
MP3, AAC and other compressed audio files contain fields (tags) for the names of the album, artist, tracks, genre, etc. Tags with missing or incorrect data can be updated with the correct data. An acoustic fingerprint of the file is computed and sent to a fingerprint database for matching. See music file identification and acoustic fingerprint.

Search by Audio Fingerprint
Songs can be identified by a sample of the actual sound being played on the radio. An acoustic fingerprint of the sample is computed and sent to a fingerprint database for matching. A fingerprint algorithm for audio is more sophisticated than one used for file recognition (above). The reason is that the audio sample can be a few seconds from any part of the song, whereas a digital file is entirely available for analysis. See Shazam, midomi, Mobile MusicID, MusicDNS and acoustic fingerprint.

Search by Human Example (Sing, Hum, Tap, etc.)
People can find the name of a song or musical piece by singing or humming the tune or tapping out the melody and rhythm. See midomi and Musipedia.
References in periodicals archive ?
Google music search lets people search using song artists, titles, and even snippets of lyrics.
The HMV New Music Search has no entry deadlines and demos can be dropped in at the stores on a regular, year-round basis.
It has a five-band graphic equalizer, four-band spectrum analyzer, auto tape selectors and music search.
Keywords: information retrieval, music search, mobile application, query transformation, input style transformation
Users opening the page for the music service are getting a one line message that reads: "Google Music Search service has been turned off, please log in before Oct.
Newly enhanced features inherited by the CDJ-2000nexus include a selection screen interface for a more intuitive music search experience, increased visibility of the needle search pad, and improved master tempo sound quality.
China's online population is eager to know whether Gmail, Google Earth, its Chinese music search business and the popular Chinese version of its knowledge market site, Google Answers, will remain accessible after the closing of google.
Sound search technology provider MELODIS Corporation and mobile phone manufacturer SAMSUNG Electronics Co Ltd have announced they have partnered to embed MELODIS's Midomi music search and ID application into SAMSUNG's multimedia phones.
A website that provides a music search engine has been launched by Melodis Corporation, a US developer of search and sound recognition technologies.
CLICKMUSIC is the UK's largest music search engine, where you can find information on thousands of acts from pop to dance to rock and beyond.
com, a music search engine; iMusic, an online community site where fans exchange music interests and commentary; and the ArtistDirect Superstore, a retail site offering a wide selection of recorded music and artist merchandise.
Advertising agency creative teams sometimes choose the music tracks to accompany commercials, but more often the agency uses a professional music search company, which will suggest up to 30 different pieces of music for each advert.