The music metadata world just got a new entrant: Echo Nest. The company has released its ‘music fingerprinter’ which “takes a bit of music such as an MP3 and identifies the song based solely on the musical attributes of the song”. The company admits that it’s not the first such technology in the world, but says its advantages are its speed – taking less than a second to ID tracks – its accuracy, and the fact that the fingerprint data and server code is completely open, available to any third-party service to use. As part of that, any company that uses the system will sign up to share the resulting data with everyone else.
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