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The sound of music, decoded for you

Zafar Anjum | Sept. 9, 2013
Baidu-I2R Research Centre launches Singapore-developed Music Search Technology

What could be music to your ears is also a milestone in multimedia search development.

Researchers at the Baidu-I2R Research Centre (BIRC) in Singapore have developed a music search technology using query-by-example music search to help users obtain song information from just a sound clip.

The technology identifies music playing over the air by its "unique music fingerprint" made up of its audio waveform and returns the song title, the name of the artiste, and the album art within seconds.

BIRC is a joint laboratory between A*STAR's Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and Baidu, China's leading Internet search engine provider.

According to a statement from BIRC, the lab came up this innovative product for smart mobile device users in May 2013.

Launched this year, the Baidu Music Search technology, "听歌识曲" - ting ge shi qu, which literally translates to "hear a tune and know the song" - is embedded within the Baidu Music App that has been downloaded over half a million times on both Google Play Store and iTunes (China).

Users can also share song information with their friends through various social networking platforms.

According to the lab sources, Baidu Music App shows 99 percent accuracy through continuous technology advancements and optimisations and it taps on several million music items with copyrights from Baidu Music database which synchronises with 17 music lists, including Billboard Hits, the UK Chart and accessed by tens of millions of music lovers worldwide daily.

The Baidu Music App returns results with at least 10 percent higher accuracy when searching for songs falling outside the regular charts in China for both normal and acoustically challenging environments.



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