The Echo Nest Brings Music Identification to the Community with ‘Echoprint’

June 23, 2011

1:30 pm

Music identification apps are super popular on iTunes, Android, and other app stores. If you are really into music, or just like to play “name that tune” with your friends, being able to identify songs, learn more about the artist or band, tag the song, and/or label all the music in your own digital collection, these apps fit the bill.  The problem is, they’re proprietary and not free.  Thanks to the just released (literally – it was released this morning) open-source Echoprint, music fans will get all of the above within a much wider variety of apps.

The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company that I just covered, is behind Echoprint, which is the world’s first fully open-source music fingerprint service.  It includes everything developers need to help music fans identify songs on the go.

To get this project going, The Echo Nest is partnering with 7digital, a global digital media delivery company based in London, to launch with a resolvable catalog of 13 million songs, an amount that will continue to grow with other partners and with the help of the community.

With Echoprint, any app developer can help music fans identify the music that is playing around them for free, transforming a highly-proprietary technology into a community resource.  The Echo Nest’s partners have been using Echoprint for 18 months already, and as open-source software, it looks like it will revolutionize music apps of all kinds.

Check it out and let us know what you think.  Leave a comment in the box below!

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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