WhoSampled Uses ACRCloud’s Music Recognition to Dive into Decades of Music DNA


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You hear a song you like in a bar, at the gym, at the grocery store. You whip out your phone, but instead of merely seeing the artist and title of that particular recording, you get the song’s entire DNA, as revealed through its samples, its cover history, its remixes. You can instantly listen to the original tracks that built the music you love and save them to your subscription streaming account.

This is what WhoSampled’s mobile app (iOS and Android) can now do, for users who subscribe for less than $1/month. WhoSampled partners with ACRCloud to take music recognition technology to the next level by coupling it with its proprietary crowdsourced database. Over the course of a decade, this database has gathered the largest set of accurate and passionately vetted data on samples, remixes, and cover versions.

“We had always dreamed of adding these features from the moment we launched the app six years ago,” explains WhoSampled’s CEO Nadav Poraz. “The app can identify the song playing around you, then dig deeper and find out what other song was sampled in the song you’re hearing. For example, the chorus or riff might sound familiar but not from the song that is playing, it’s from somewhere else. Other music recognition apps will tell you the name of the song you’re hearing, but WhoSampled is the only app that will give you the answer you’re looking for, allow you to understand the origins of the composition and reveal the other recordings that sampled it.”
“It is a great match for ACRCloud’s music recognition and WhoSampled’s mobile app, we are very excited to see the music recognition to enrich the user experience of the app.” Tony Li, Co Founder of ACRCloud.

The new version of the app (available in stores June 28, 2018) is a natural extension of WhoSampled and its passion for music discovery. WhoSampled now lists over half a million songs and has become a popular hub for fans of club music, hip hop and other music genres to go deep into the history of the music they love. The app’s new functionality promises fans better discovery and more fun, with features that are unique to the mobile app and cannot be implemented via a website. “The WhoSampled website has a lot of richness and data, but it’s not personalized,” says Poraz. “The app is personalized to your taste and automatically surfaces the connections for the music you already love. It’s another strong starting point to discover more music to enjoy.”

About WhoSampled
WhoSampled is the leading global resource for sample-based music, cover songs and remixes. At its core sits the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative database of “Music DNA”, charting the interconnections among over 500,000 songs and 200,000 artists. The database has been crowdsourced over 9 years from a community of 19,000 knowledgeable music aficionados, and its data is verified by a pool of moderators and members of staff. WhoSampled has a growing audience of 2 million monthly active users on its website and app.
WhoSampled is the de-facto standard for data on sample-based music within the music industry and in academia. Customers and partners include all 3 major labels as well as large independent labels, top universities and other music services. WhoSampled’s app has won many awards including being included in Apple’s “Best of Year” selection across the entire App Store, being named as The Telegraph’s “Best Music App” and winning “Best Music App” at the Music Ally Digital Music Awards.

About ACRCloud

ACRCloud is a Beijing based comprehensive automatic content recognition provider has indexed over 53m tracks in its music fingerprinting database, and for 2015 & 2016 was ranked #1 in audio fingerprinting technology by the prestigious Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX). ACRCloud serves the clients such as Deezer, Alibaba, Cartoon Network, PURE, Xiaomi, DTS and Musixmatch, etc.[

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