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Wendy Boswell

If You Can Hum a Tune, You Can Find Music with Midomi

By April 9, 2008

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Have you ever gotten a song in your head, but you can't for the life of you remember what the name of that song is? A new service called Midomi aims to solve this problem in a VERY creative way: you actually sing or hum the tune of the song you're thinking of into your computer's microphone, and Midomi will attempt to match that ditty up with its database of over two million songs.

However, that's not the only thing you can use Midomi for; you can also find songs, participate in the forums, even create your own little musical following. It's very cool. Oh, and if you find a song you like, Midomi lets you listen to samples of original recordings and then buy them for your own use.

In the mood for more music? Try these music resources:

  • Free Music Downloads: Free music downloads on the Web really does exist; as long as you're willing to listen to music other than what's on the radio and top 40 (for the most part). Here are a few places on the Web where you can find free music downloads.
  • Pandora: Pandora is one of the most useful sites on the Web today. It's your very own radio station - and you control what music shows up. Here's a few tweaks that I use to make Pandora even better.
  • Listen to Music Online with Last.fm: Last.fm is a unique way to listen to free music on the Web. In the words of Last.fm itself: "Last.fm taps the wisdom of the crowds, leveraging each user's musical profile to make personalised recommendations, connect users who share similar tastes, provide custom radio streams, and much more." Put simply, it's a social music platform.
April 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm
(1) Brick Marketing says:

Wow, now THAT is a brilliant idea. We’re going to try it out now and see if it’s successful!

November 3, 2008 at 10:59 am
(2) Umer says:

You can also search for songs by tags or lyrics at http://www.whoditty.com

“Whoditty” lets users search for tunes by lyrics using a fully legal lyrics database. Or you can type in a “tag” like “Caveman Commercial” to find a song you’ve heard somewhere. If you join their free music-related social network you can add tags and comments to songs. The address is http://www.whoditty.com

November 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm
(3) Brian says:

Thanks. Never used Whoditty before. Seems like a great site. I love the internet. Music and lyrics at your fingertips all the time. Amazing. So different from my cassette tapes :-)

March 4, 2009 at 7:20 pm
(4) gary Bridger says:

Its rubbish come up with all the tunes in chinese or something

i wanted to find that old 60s tune on the trombone. Used as theme tune for many 60s films.

October 23, 2009 at 10:03 pm
(5) Gay Gary says:

Gary… its not rubbish, however your internet-fu maybe.

You just have to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “English” setting.

Just because 80% of the world speaks or can understand English and 80% of the www is porn, doesn’t mean that is all you will ever find out there ;o)

Yes folks its true! there is content out there that isn’t in English and isn’t porn!

November 19, 2009 at 3:13 am
(6) J L van Os says:

Tried the new melody finder Melody Catcher http://www.melodycatcher.com/ ?
Play the wanted melody on a piano keyboard and search for the MIDI.
Since its matching technique is focused on monophonic on-line audio sources, it is highly accurate.
In the results the user can play the MIDI of the wanted melody and find its title, while he is also linked back to the source site of that melody.

January 1, 2010 at 12:18 pm
(7) Blinc says:

This midomi is absolutely nice that i will prefer and recommend to my friends! It Is VERY AWESOME!

January 21, 2010 at 9:35 pm
(8) Low Sam Peng says:

Yes, I have tried it myself and the web can really find all the three tune I hum. Well done! I will used it more to find those old song that I have forgotten the name.

April 12, 2010 at 7:15 am
(9) Gary Bridger says:

Well i take it all back i found a tune I have been trying to play for 25 years. . Thanks . !!!!!!!!!!!!:-)

May 8, 2010 at 5:28 am
(10) Watlingfen says:

Last.fm is very good , Midomi may be a good idea but failed miserably with my tune – what might have been Brubeck or Barry came out as very noisy heavy ‘rock’ (although thats perhaps an insult to good rock) how the hell it matched it God only knows!, shame but I got the feeling it was a quite random search with no real basis. Sorry kids but as a ‘child of the 60′s ‘ maybe I dont appreciate sound volume as much as music quality.

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