Go Ahead. Forget the Lyrics!

We all have been there, a song suddenly pops into our head and we have no way of identifying it. Until now. I’ve gathered the best song searching websites, and one phone application to figure out what you’re listening to!

First up to bat is Midomi:

midomi-tempted-use

Midomi is powered by your own voice. The webste claims you simply have to “sing, hum, or whistle to instantly find your favorite music and connect with a community that shares your musical interests.” When you travel over to Midomi.com click on the “Click and Sing or Hum” button on the top. I gave it a try with “Don’t Stop Believing.” After singing a few lines of the song and clicking search it matched my lackluster singing to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Midomi also offers a preview of what song(s) your singing or humming has returned.

For the classic music lovers:

musicpedia

Musipedia claims on their site not to be affiliated with Wikipedia. Although they are inspired by Wikipedia in that they are a community that is building a searchable, editable, and expandable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes. Musipedia is unique in that it offers a music search by playing on a Flash or JavaScript based piano, clicking with your mouse, humming or whistling into your microphone, or by creating the rhythm. It has classical music matching down to a science but it’s not a fan of most things modern.

Now the winner:

shazam

Shazam has really covered their bases for the mobile music finding application with versions available for the iPhone, Nokia, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows based smart phones. For our testing purposes I downloaded Shazam for the iPhone in the App Store. The free version of Shazam allows you to “tag” five songs a month. A “tag” is Shazam’s way of naming the songs you have identified. If you find yourself needing to identify more than five songs a month you will need to unload the $4.99 a month which allows for unlimited “tags.” Once the download of Shazam is done you can go ahead and click tag while your music mystery is playing close by. After a recording period passes Shazam attempts to find the song it was listening to. Shazam was two for two in identifying “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles and “Baba O’Riley” by The Who in my testing. Shazam also allows incorporates Twitter and Facebook intergration, tour info, album reviews, lyrics, and more. Cross platform capability, and a lot of extra handy features make Shazam our winner of the Forget the Lyrics challenge.

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