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How to Find and Use Audio Search Engines


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The following audio search tools will enable you to find specific audio files and audio content (though some will overlap and therefore be featured in both the audio search engines and video search engines sections).

Audio Search Engines

  • Yahoo Audio Search: Yahoo's Audio search is fantastic, in my personal opinion. You can search for music, interviews, speeches, newscasts, podcasts, sound effects, and more.
  • BlogDigger:a search engine for both audio and video content that is hosted at other sources.
  • SingingFish: Search for audio files in a variety of formats, including MP3's or by categories (news, sports, entertainment, etc.).
  • Lycos Multimedia Search: Click the radio button for "audio" and go to town. Includes a family friendly filter.
  • AltaVista Audio Search: Allows searches in a variety of audio formats, but I especially like that you can choose how long you want the sample file to be at the "duration" pull-down menu.
  • FindSounds:Searches the Web for sound effects (think screams, hoofbeats, etc.) or musical instrument samples. Make sure to check out the Types page to get a really good idea of what you can find.
  • Blinkx: Blinkx TV is basically a search engine that allows you to search for audio and video clips not only using keywords and phrases, but also content in the actual clips that you're looking for.
  • Loomia: Loomia is a relatively smallish audio and video search engine that focuses mostly on podcasts and videos.

Audio Search Directories

Specialized Audio-Specific Sites

Streaming Audio Music Sites

  • Pandora has become part of my daily routine. Great application that you can use to create your own music station.
  • Last.fm: Create your own music station and invite others to share - a great social networking site with audio.
  • NPR Concerts: listen to full concerts by popular bands that originally aired on NPR's Live Concert series.
  • Creative Commons Audio Search: Find audio content distributed through the Creative Commons license.

Audio News

Audio Books

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