Have you ever heard a new song and wanted to purchase it but had no idea who sings it or the name of the song? It happens to me all the time. I will hear a new song on the radio and not catch the name of the track which makes it extremely difficult to find and purchase the song later. My search usually involves listening to a number of chart topping songs and many times I never find the song I was looking for. There has to be a better way! midomi has proposed a solution by offering a search engine that enables users to search for music by singing lyrics of the song.
midomi recently launched to offer a music search engine with social networking hooks. midomi allows users to sing, hum or whistle a song and the engine finds the song. With the mission of building the most comprehensive database of searchable music and is taking a social user generated approach. Aside from searching users can contribute to the song database by singing in midomi’s online recording studio in any language or genre. Contributed music is then added to the search index and is served up to when others search on the site. Users can also create profiles added the classic social networking features of adding friends and sharing music information and recommendations.
midomi has the rights to over 2 million tracks and sells them via the site. The tracks are in the wma format and are $0.99 per song. In testing midomi the voice-driven search seemed to find more user uploaded music than mainstream music downloads. Ironically, Mike Arrington also recently checked out midomi and wasn't too happy with it. Check it out for yourself and make the call.