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Music Identification Software

Dec 2, 2008 4:02AM PST

Are there any free programs, besides Tunatic, available that can identify the name of an unknown song? I have a few unknown mp3s on my computer that I would like to know the name of. Most of the songs are techno/trance so there are no lyrics that I can Google.


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Music identification software
Dec 22, 2008 3:58AM PST

a product called tuneup uses the gracenote music library database to identify songs in iTunes. There are pc and recently mac versions. It attaches to iTunes and forms a sidebar on the itunes screen. Gracenote database is like a fingerprint database with tens of millions of songs fingerprinted based on their audio, not their music tags and it knows the correct tags for each fingerprint. You drag groups of mp3 songs to the Tuneup sidebar and it finterprints them and then does a match to the Gracenote database and if it finds a match it will correct the song/album/artist,genre, etc in your iTunes, either automatically, or it shows you the song in the album song list with the album cover so you can check it for accuracy first. with the album identified it also finds the album cover and puts in in iTunes. Takes a few seconds per song to do the match but it works. Full free trial version does 500 songs and 50 album covers and $20 lifetime membership. It is a little buggy but it works and they seem pretty attentive to making it better.

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Thank you
Dec 22, 2008 9:44AM PST

Thank you so much, that worked even better than I thought it would. I'm not sure why Gracenote fingerprints mid-80s Russian trance music, but I'm glad they do. Happy

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i-tunes identification software
Dec 22, 2008 8:57PM PST

I recently had to have my harddrive wiped and Vista reinstalled. Since then, i-tunes does go to gracenote and retrieves song/album info, even "processes album artwork", but I can no longer see it in any i-tunes function. I've tried "download artwork", "info", check the box for artwork and every other "fix" i've been able to find online. I still can't see any of the artwork.
Does the i-tunes version come with a limit as you mention below? Will I be able to again view album artwork if I pay for this "lifetime" membership?

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Jan 14, 2009 7:34AM PST

Brian from TuneUp here. As far as a limit is concerned, our demo has a limit of 500 cleans and 50 cover art finds. The lifetime version on the other hand has no limits at all. You can find as many pieces of cover art as you'd like. If you have any more questions feel free to contact me through PM.

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Palm Pre
Nov 10, 2009 7:13AM PST

I just got the new Palm Pre and I am trying to download new apps from softonic, but after the download I get "no handler" error. Can you take me through what wonderful things I can do with the Palm Pre and what the limitations are, like the no handler error.

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Winamp and Gracenote
Aug 16, 2009 8:08AM PDT

Winamp has used Gracenote for several years for extremely accurate song identification, on music with no specific name or IDTags even. Not to mention Winamp is probably the best audio player available. It will also do lossless gain for many audio formats to equalize your playlist so you don't have really loud songs and then really soft songs. That among many other awesome features, for free...

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Nov 4, 2010 9:43AM PDT

Sure, you have to use the Tunatic