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Yahoo! Launches Audio Search Beta

CowboyNeal posted more than 8 years ago | from the listen-to-the-music dept.

Music 128

guaigean writes "Internet News is running a story on a new Yahoo! service titled Yahoo! Audio Search and it is currently in beta. The tool allows the searching of audio files and Yahoo! claims to have 50 million music, voice, and other files cataloged in the search. It searches across multiple mainstream music sites, as well as plenty of independent pages. Now if only it was tied in with some sort of lyric search."

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128 comments

Wow.. step ahead? (3, Interesting)

priestx (822223) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247744)

Ok, Google and Yahoo! both have Video search.. but does Google have Audio search engine capabilities?
First innovation for Yahoo! since.. a long time ago.. or Google's imitation?

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (3, Informative)

tonsofpcs (687961) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247797)

http://www.altavista.com/audio/default [altavista.com] has been around for quite some time. How is this an innovation?

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (3, Insightful)

term8or (576787) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248002)

Well, it could be different in the quantity of information it catalogues and the quality of the search used. For example, the classical music geek above searched for "Ich habe genug" and got results. With altavista you also get useful results (i.e. the quantity of information seems similar). He/she also used some interior text from the cantata like "Mein Trost ist nur allein" and still got useful information. This wasn't the case when I used altavista (i.e. the quality of indexing may be inferior).

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13248150)

http://www.altavista.com/about/ [altavista.com]

"AltaVista, a business of Overture Services, Inc..."

http://www.content.overture.com/d/ [overture.com]

"Overture products are now Yahoo! Search Marketing products..."

So, it's theirs anyway :)

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (2, Insightful)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248266)

Yahoo Search searches podcasts, has song length filters, searches audio services, has album views with artist bios etc if searching for artists, ... Finally, no one said this was an "innovation" and never done before.

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13249286)

Read great-grandparent. Altavista also has a 1 minute less/more selection [sure, it's not that great, but it does help].

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (3, Informative)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247818)

Google lets you use the following query: "springsteen filetype:mp3" to search for mp3 files with springsteen in the file name. I don't use Yahoo on principle, so I haven't seen how it works and whether it's better than Google in any way.

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (4, Informative)

Coryoth (254751) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247842)

This service is more akin to froogle than to straight google - it's abotu comparison shopping ove r the various different pay to download services. To their credit they bother to let you comparison shop not just on price, but on format and DRM/license restrictions. This isn't a replacement for finding your favourite illegal download, it is potentially a replacement for just running your search on iTMS for that song you want to buy.

Jedidiah.

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (2, Insightful)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247892)

Ok. I see. It makes more sense now - I suppose Yahoo gets a cut for each song purchased from these sites.

But illegal download? I'm not doing anything illegal when I search for mp3's with Google. At best, the linked site might not have the rights to distribute the file, but that's a different thing altogether.

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247883)

On what principle? The principle that you use google?

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247921)

What principle would that be? Something legitimate, or more Google fanboyism?

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247970)

What the fuck is wrong with Yahoo?

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (3, Insightful)

Momoru (837801) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248152)

Yes, Google's "dig through the help files to find the command and then type a command line-like argument" is much easier then Yahoo's complicated "just type what you want in the search bar" approach. I can see why you don't use Yahoo on principle, those fuckers just can't make things simple.

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248200)

I don't use Yahoo on principle"

OK, I'll bite: What principle would that be?

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (0, Troll)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248307)

No particular reason, I just don't like Yahoo, much in the same way that many people don't like Mandrake/Mandriva and instead prefer Gentoo (or whatever). (I use Mandrake.)

I should add that I'm not American, so the american centric view of Yahoo doesn't really jive with me. I guess that's part of the reason why I neither use it or like it. :)

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (1)

dnixon112 (663069) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248358)

What an odd mentality. Are you even aware that Yahoo has arguably better (and popular) international services and websites than Google? It is no more American centric then Google.

You know, the people who prefer one Linux distro over another have reasons for having that opinion. The only reason that supports your 'principles' seems to be an uninformed idea that Yahoo is more American centric then Google.

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (1)

Jarlsberg (643324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248516)

What an odd mentality. Are you even aware that Yahoo has arguably better (and popular) international services and websites than Google? It is no more American centric then Google.

Take a look at the norwegian Yahoo, and tell me if you think it's any good (www.yahoo.no).

You know, the people who prefer one Linux distro over another have reasons for having that opinion. The only reason that supports your 'principles' seems to be an uninformed idea that Yahoo is more American centric then Google.

You're giving Linux users too much credit. ;)

My principle is simply to not use sites I do not care for. It's not uninformed, just biased to my particular point of view. Anyway, who cares if I like Yahoo or not? Certainly not Yahoo.

But if you really want a few good reasons, here they are:
* Yahoo had a nice localized portal in Norwegian. They shut it down, shoved all localised contents out the window, and ignored feedback from its users. Yes, I did use yahoo.no a few years back. No, I did not have any user content on its site, except for a home site I've long since shut down.
* Second rate search results. I rarely got good results when I used Yahoo. Maybe they're better now (I haven't used them since Google came along).

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (1)

mserms (878098) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248303)

I don't use Yahoo on principle

Out of interest, what principle?

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (1)

killeena (794394) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249956)

Google lets you use the following query: "springsteen filetype:mp3" to search for mp3 files with springsteen in the file name. I don't use Yahoo on principle, so I haven't seen how it works and whether it's better than Google in any way.

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=springsteen+f iletype%3Amp3&btnG=Google+Search [google.com]

Oh, that's why it is better than Google.

Re:Wow.. step ahead? (4, Informative)

Momoru (837801) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248158)

Why don't you try checking out this site: http://next.yahoo.com/ [yahoo.com] . It's full of cool Yahoo innovations (like Google Labs). A lot of the apps on there don't get mentioned on Slashdot for some reason, but most are really cool.

FIST SPORT! (1)

ringbarer (545020) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247746)

Now lets hear the leftist Intellectual Property Thieves complain that other people's work STILL isn't 'free' enough!

Uh oh... (2, Interesting)

ScaryMonkey (886119) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247754)

Hope that doesn't include *copyrighted* music files! Better watch your step there, Yahoo!

Re:Uh oh... (1)

narkotix (576944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247777)

Don't worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247791)

You're not alone [google.com] .

Re:Don't worry (1)

narkotix (576944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247799)

i know half way down with that link is an infringing file. Its a valid download.

And all you need... (2, Interesting)

ms1234 (211056) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247756)

.. is a microphone and know how to humm..

Re:And all you need... (5, Interesting)

sqrt(2) (786011) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247811)

Actually, I remember seeing this somewhere. I want to say it was on the old tech TV (back before G4 ran it into the ground). You hum the tune of the song or audio clip and it matches it to similar sounding audio files.

(As I was writing this I remembered the name)

Query by hum, here is the website. querybyhum.cs.nyu.edu [nyu.edu]

Interesting and fun, although not particularly useful, there are more efficient ways to search data (Metadata), although this way may be more natural to the way humans work. Not to mention the fact that it requires a rather time intensive process of creating profiles of each audio file to be matched against.

Re:And all you need... (1)

moonbender (547943) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247951)

It's extremely useful in theory. Useful enough that I think some mobile phone service providers have offered something similar: hold your phone to the speakers and they'll try to identify the song that's being played. Obviously it's more useful than metadata when you just don't have any metadata such as artist or title, ie when it's either a song you just don't know or if the names elude you. Happens to me often enough.

Re:And all you need... (1)

nickos (91443) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248880)

This is what I'd assumed it was doing (a bit like this [shazamentertainment.com] ).

Wouldn't it be cool if you could serach for images in a similar fashion. You could have a 10x10 grid where you could place different colours ("The image I'm looking for was light blue in the top half and green in the bottom half")...

Yahoo's been doing a lot of cool stuff recently (eg their Creative Commons Search [yahoo.com] ) but for some reason they don't seem to get the recognition that Google has.

Re:And all you need... (1)

l0b0 (803611) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249394)

In a presentation by Fast Search and Transfer [fastsearch.com] in 1999, a couple hundred students were shown their audio search by microphone. The presenter whistled (quite badly, according to the laughter of most of the students) a part of the "Pink Panther" theme song, and searched for MIDI files on the web with the result. At least 80% of the hits were relevant...

Baidu, the "Chinese Google" has something similar (3, Interesting)

ReformedExCon (897248) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247759)

There was a story the other day about Baidu.com was being sued for providing easy search access to copyrighted materials. This on the eve of their IPO.

If a company can be sued over it in China, where copyright restrictions are very lax, how successful will Yahoo! be in implementing this here in a country where copyrights are taken much more seriously?

Re:Baidu, the "Chinese Google" has something simil (3, Informative)

Coryoth (254751) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247804)

If a company can be sued over it in China, where copyright restrictions are very lax, how successful will Yahoo! be in implementing this here in a country where copyrights are taken much more seriously?

Pretty successful. Have you actually tried it? It doesn't take you to illegal free copies, it provides links to copies to buy.

For instance, searching for a semi-obscure ambient band that I quite like turned up lots of hits. Selecting a track takes you to this page [yahoo.com] which tells you various places you can buy and download it. It's quite a nice service really - think of it as akin iTMS search that runs over multiple different major music stores and provides options, or Froogle for downloadable music. Excellent if you like hard to find music (that often isn't in CD stores) like myself, or even if you simply want to shop around (though 99c seems to be the rate pretty much everywhere, so comparison shopping is limited). I could definitely see this catching on.

Way to go Yahoo! you actually came up with someting interesting and new for a change.

Jedidiah.

Yahoo! Audio Search Forums (0, Offtopic)

HawaiianSophie (905301) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247761)

Only have 11 posts [yahoo.com] , this baby is a virgin. This baby, is not [overheardintheuk.com] .

Re:Yahoo! Audio Search Forums (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247942)

fuck off with your advertising.

and no, I don't have a slashdot account.

Copyrighted materials (4, Informative)

zweistein2 (614363) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247776)

They actually encourage you to try a search on copyrighted materials (i.e. Coldplay), but if you do, it gives you a list of fee-based audio services where you can buy the song(s). No illegal stuff here, move along :). Non-copyrighted materials have download links next to them. I prefer archive.org, as a matter of fact, at least I'm certain what is under a Creative Commons licence there.

Re:Copyrighted materials (1)

narkotix (576944) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247814)

mate your wrong...if you search deep enough yee shall find. Misspell the name of the artist as i did in an above post and about 1/2 way down the page i found an infringing file.

Re:Copyrighted materials (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247821)

Don't know how much you played around with it but try searching Beatles or Michael Jackson with the "MP3" advanced option.

Since eMusic is the only legal mp3 retailer, you'll have much more luck locating an "illegal" file.

Re:Copyrighted materials (2, Informative)

Coryoth (254751) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247831)

They actually encourage you to try a search on copyrighted materials (i.e. Coldplay), but if you do, it gives you a list of fee-based audio services where you can buy the song(s).

Sure, but they provide a nice overview. The coldplay seach for instance gives you this [yahoo.com] (after you select a specific track). Now not only is there a free download version via ArtistDirect, it provides a nice pricing guide for comparison shopping (with both buy and download and subscription options priced), as well as actually listing salient features for the different services offering pay download, salient features being: Format (MP3, AAC, WMA, etc.), Platform (Looks like Win or Mac only), "Burn to CD" and "Copy" which presumably is details on the DRM and license restrictions. If I want to buy music online (and apparently many people do) then being able to get and overview like that with pricing, format and DRM options all listed for quick reference counts as a very good thing.

It may not suit your needs, but it does look like an interesting service.

Jedidiah.

Re:Copyrighted materials (1)

zweistein2 (614363) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247853)

I played around with properly spelled band / artist names and didn't manage to find any illegal files, at least on the first few pages... My sample searches were "Coldplay", "Dream Theater" and "King Crimson." I agree with Coryoth, this is a great service for people who buy music online.

Re:Copyrighted materials (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247866)

Re:Copyrighted materials (1)

zweistein2 (614363) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247899)

http://search.yahoo.com/cc ?
Sure, this is great, but as far as I can see, I can't limit the search to only audio or video files and browse them by genre etc... Great, but archive.org works better for me.

Re:Copyrighted materials (0, Troll)

Ilgaz (86384) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248502)

Hi,

http://search.yahoo.com/cc [yahoo.com] its there for ages now.

As Google acquiring CIA backed map company and offering 7 year old service with incompatible interface is more important news to some, you didn't notice it I guess. ;)

(yea down mod me google fanatics)

Impressed (4, Interesting)

dnixon112 (663069) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247801)

Wow, I just tried to search for a song I've been trying to find for a little while with no luck in google, and bam first result there it was, free download.

Which song? [n/t] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247974)

No text.

Re:Which song? [n/t] (1)

dnixon112 (663069) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248065)

I wanted to find the song that is used on the Dave Chappelle show as his intro music (when he walks onto the stage). I managed to find an artist name and title, popped it into the yahoo audio search [yahoo.com] and the first result is a link to soundclick that has the song as a free stream to listen, or free mp3 download if you sign up.

Re:Impressed (1)

ouaibe (762632) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248382)

This is not really surprising, when searching with filetype:mp3 in google, the search gets somewhat filtered/censored, what you can do is a search for a different extension, for instance .m4a (which is the same as .mp3 but doesn't get filtered.). Hope this will help, though it might not be seen by a lot of ppl (damned karma :)).

FCC (2, Insightful)

Mishra100 (841814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247827)

This just seems like Yahoo is on a trip to yet another FCC regulation debate. But starting a service like this is a good counter-action to google's successful products.

I'd like... (2, Interesting)

Atario (673917) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247835)

...song-identification based on me humming it into my computer's microphone.

Re:I'd like... (1)

Mishra100 (841814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247843)

I think if someone had a database that you type in a string of words from the song, and it immediatly looks up the lyrics for you. This service would apply to people looking for lyrics and for people who hear a song on the radio and only remember a couple of parts from it.

its called Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247984)

try the G

Re:its called Google (1)

Mishra100 (841814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248005)

Google definitely gets lyrics for brand new songs. But I have trouble finding older songs using it.

Re:I'd like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247865)

It must be some five or six years ago that I heard of a program that would do just that. I thought I'd download it and even found the website but never got to it, partly because it would come with its own, limited-size, database and I didn't think it could work very well/fast.

However ... if that algorithm could be run by Google/Yahoo on their servers and improved by their engineers and use their database ... then we're getting somewhere.... :)

I can do that by phone (1)

ndg123 (801212) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247897)

Don't call me, that's not what I mean !
A few years ago, there was a service announced which would do this - just need to hand the result off to the search engine afterwards. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/220 2830.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Re:I'd like... (2, Informative)

jesser (77961) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248006)

Query by Humming at CS.NYU [nyu.edu] works for me some of the time.

Re:I'd like... (1)

88NoSoup4U88 (721233) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248062)

Like this [nyu.edu] ?

lyrics search (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247838)

try http://www.lyrical.nl/ [lyrical.nl]

I was sceptical (5, Informative)

Mrs. Grundy (680212) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247847)

Being a classical music geek, I am always skeptical, and i suppose somewhat jaded, in this world that worships the latest pop idol, so I said to myself, "yeah, we'll see about this" and popped into the search field the text from Walt Whitman, "Behold the sea" used by Ralph Vaughan Williams" in his first symphony. What do you know. It even even had a link to the apple i-tunes store which open itunes to the track. Next I tried "Ich habe genug" and not only did I get a handful of recordings of Bach's cantata BWV 82, it also found the recitative from the Magnificat. Thinking maybe it only indexed the titles, I tried some interior text from the cantata like "Mein Trost ist nur allein" and it still found it. This works much better than I expected. Cool.

Re:I was sceptical (1)

gavri (663286) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248058)

So it _does_ have lyrics search and the summary is wrong.

Re:I was sceptical (Folk Music too) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13248749)

I collect historical songs. Before the days of news.google.com one of the main ways to get news from one area to the next is people putting it to verse. I have over 3 dozen songs about various battles during the Revolutionary war for example.

Anyway, point being, this tool rocked.

I like one partiular artist who sings this type of stuff and I found audio interviews with him and even though I have about 8 CD's of his songs, the first hit was one I did not have!

For the first time in about 3 years I have a reason to goto a yahoo.com site.

Podcast? (0, Offtopic)

aussie_a (778472) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247848)

Will this be able to include podcasts? If so, that'll become quite useful. Especially as the amount of people [url=http://www.alpha-shade.com/]offering podcasts will grow[/url].

Re:Podcast? (2, Funny)

eobanb (823187) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247873)

Like people who think that podcasting is like radio, unfortunately, the number of people that think bbcode is the same as HTML is also growing.

Re:Podcast? (1)

belg4mit (152620) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247914)

It's right there in the freaking "Try this" box.

Re:Podcast? (1)

dnixon112 (663069) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247934)

He's only pretending to make a post, in an effort to get his blog link on a highly trafficked site.

Are the results independent? (1)

femto (459605) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247870)

To get "non-major" (aka non-RIAA??) tracks you need to go to "more options" and click "Include alternates, imports, EPs, etc.".

This option is disabled by default. I'm getting the feeling that this seach might just be a marketing tool for some major labels. What do others think?

Re:Are the results independent? (1)

lovebyte (81275) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247939)

I thought the same at first, but then I realised they mean the major recording, not the Majors. Which means that if you select the alternatives, you will get other versions of the same song.

MOD PARENT UP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247980)

Insightful

What about international audiences? (1)

joeykiller (119489) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247884)

My only problem with this service has to do with the songs you only can buy: Music is more often than not licensed region by region, country bycountry. This means that even if I find a song from iTMS here, it's quite possible I actually won't be able to buy it -- even though iTMS is available in my country.

Apart from this I think Audio Search is a great move from Yahoo. For once they've come with a search related service, that's not only a "me too" feature.

It goes like this.. (4, Interesting)

mrthoughtful (466814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247885)

Aw. I was disappointed - I expected an audio search, not an audio metadata search.
I was wondering how their audio search would work.. Something like a recording interface expecting the searcher to hum, whistle or sing the song they are looking for..

"it goes Dum di doo di doo diddly dum"

You mean like this? (2, Informative)

nohup (26783) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247958)

Re:You mean like this? (1)

mrthoughtful (466814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248232)

Yeah! Like that!
An audio-meta search tool is hardly rocket science - but that stuff above is more like it - though I don't like that they are attempting to sell the service.

Let's give this a try... (4, Funny)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247901)

Search: [ 4/4 AND "bum-TCHH, bum-bum-TCHH, bum-TCHH, bum-bum-TCCH" ]

Search results:
750,234 results found.

Hey look, most top 40 songs from the last 10 years. This is pretty handy!

OK, this should tell us once and for all (4, Funny)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247922)

Search: "daed si luaP"

2 results found:
The Beatles - "I'm So Tired"
The Beatles - "She's Leaving Home"

There you go! Proof!

From the Article: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247926)

"...Yahoo! claims to have 50 million music, voice, and other files cataloged in the search."


And tomorrow, the RIAA stormtroopers will be out in force because Yahoo! has given them direct, user-friendly access with a fancy GUI to the personal webspace of every music pirate on Earth. Way to go, asses.


These are not the MP3s you're looking for...

porn search (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247929)

okay, this is sort of spamming... :-D

but try my porn gallery search engine. It's not yet ready for public consumption though.

http://tristan.girlza.com/search.php [girlza.com]

why would anyone give a shit (0, Offtopic)

panaman (597140) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247935)

You want the real deal you know where to get it. and get it when you want it... cost you about 10 bucks a month on average for you news group reader

I don't have a secret decoder ring on me... (1)

Infonaut (96956) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249303)

You want the real deal you know where to get it. and get it when you want it... cost you about 10 bucks a month on average for you news group reader

What are you talking about?

Yahoo and Shazam? (1)

Joel Rowbottom (89350) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247941)

Maybe it's possible that Yahoo's going to do some sort of tie-in with Shazam [shazam.com] (v useful service, especially when a song's niggling you).

The return of yahoo? (1)

Underholdning (758194) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247948)

Audio searching is not new - altavista has had this for years. That being said, Yahoo's version is actually pretty good. As a matter of fact, much of what Yahoo has done recently has been pretty cool - are they on their way back?

Yet Another Great Victory! (0)

Vo0k (760020) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247963)

Opened 8 tabs with obscure searches. So far (some 10 mins later) 1 loaded.

Gentlemen! We have managed to slashdot Yahoo!

No SFX ? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13247973)

When reading this I thought it would be great to search random sfx-files, eg. audio files of 'screaming', 'crying' etc., but when I tried those I only get commercial albums of bands/singers.

Even the Wilhelm scream comes up empty :/

Lyric search (2, Interesting)

grubbymitts (903312) | more than 8 years ago | (#13247986)

Oh if only. It is an unquestionable truth that when searching for lyrics on the interweb you are bound to pick up a piece of malware.

I've been secretly screaming for such a service... (1)

Deorus (811828) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248055)

Ever since the Inktome engine (which allowed one to search for files by extension) disappeared from HotBot [hotbot.com] that I've been looking for a replacement service. Thumbs up for Yahoo for this achievement, they have really beaten Google to it this time.

Re:I've been secretly screaming for such a service (1)

generic-man (33649) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248650)

Yahoo! bought Inktomi a while ago. That might explain why Inktomi's name disappeared from all search engines, including Yahoo!'s.

Arrr! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13248069)

Batton Down the hatches men! LAWSUIT ALERT!

amazing! (1)

voss, sometimes... (873034) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248124)

I am impressed!
I play in a band. When searching for us using google, all kind of non-related stuff comes out also (as expected, btw). But with this engine, it displayed our soungs, and to amaze me a bit more, it also knew somehow, that we are unsigned :).

Anyway, I welcome this new feature and hope it gets popular!

Check us out btw, the band's name is Soterios.

Re:amazing! (2, Interesting)

voss, sometimes... (873034) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248198)

Actually, now I know how this is done. Yahoo does not link to our band's website http://www.soteriosmusic.com/ , but soundclick instead. Simple. I only wish they'd start crawling the web and link to band's websites directly.
One minor notice. Soundclick offers mp3's 128 kbit, from our site you can get ~192 kbit ogg's, under creative commons license btw.

enjoy.

Most usefull for publishing perhaps? (2, Interesting)

dustrider (797233) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248167)

Anyone else notice the submit page?

Seems you can put your own audio up there too using rss. which leads me to believe either two things will happen:
1) People will post free copies of comercial music and be blocked, or perhaps the service gets closed down.
2) New independant artists could use this as a launching platform.

What this really needs though is some sort of amazonesque, other people who liked this also like... and an ebay-esque method for people to be able to publish their own original music.

With those two things this could really help break the stranglehold the media companies have on the music industry.

Doesn't index emusic.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13248234)

I (legally) downloaded the new Spoon album, Gimme Fiction, from emusic.com so I know it is on there. However, if you search for it on Yahoo http://audio.search.yahoo.com/search/audio?_&ei=UT F-8&fr=sfp&albid=XXXXXXR000732416&p=Gimme+Fiction& antrid=XXXXXXP000127525 [yahoo.com] it tells you that there are no available download locations. Yet, emusic.com is one of the choices you can set as your "preferred audio source."

Cool, but clearly still in Beta.

Good way to track down pirated songs (2, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248239)

Example, Gothic Power by Christopher Fields. I don't believe you can buy this anywhere but people have ripped it from various trailers. (variations were in FOTR and T3 trailers)

I am pretty sure other trailer music never intended for distribution is locatable with this service.

Just use ogg for chrissakes (1)

sl4shd0rk (755837) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248419)

which music format would you like? Something for Windows, or something for Windows, or maybe Windows or perhaps Windows? With *this* music search you have a *choice* see?

I missed it... (2, Funny)

bilgebag (102479) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248461)

Where's the 'I'm feeling like a cheapskate bastard - show me the free stuff' button?

Searching FOR audio != Audio Search (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13248472)

I was expecting an acutal audio search... you know, the kind that SEARCHES audio. This is just a text search of an index of audio files. Whoopty doo!

Searching within audio files (1)

Ronnie Coote (251572) | more than 8 years ago | (#13248507)

Now if only we could search easily within audio files, a la Podscope [podscope.com]

RC.

LOL, Horror Screams = SEX (1)

Viper_Viper (881780) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249070)

Ok, go to the audio search beta page, under "Try these audio searches" click "horror scream", then pick the second reslult. If you go to the first webpage that it gives you, and go to the file that it points you to, you will get: "Number One: You can never have sex."

Re:LOL, Horror Screams = SEX (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13249738)

If you go to the first webpage that it gives you, and go to the file that it points you to, you will get: "Number One: You can never have sex."

I wonder if P. Stewart ever uttered the line above, since it would be simply the best ST:TNG line ever.

D'oh! (1)

Galley_SimRacer (784344) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249085)

I suggested this very type of search feature to Google two years ago.

I like Beta (1)

trailerparkcassanova (469342) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249203)

but most people have VHS.

YaHash Lookups? (1)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249927)

Can't I use this Yahoo feature as a webservice, to search my own audio files? I search with text for an audio file in Yahoo. Yahoo finds it and identifies it. All I want is the MD5 sum, or some other unique hash. I'v already preindexed my own audio files, into a table of their hashes. I get just the Yahoo hash, without downloading (or violating copyright) the external found file. I look up the Yahoo hash in my table, and find my own file.

The essential link here is getting just the hash, rather than downloading the file. Which is much more efficient, and lets me use the value of the files I've already got. Is there a way to do just that?

What will RIAA say? (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | more than 8 years ago | (#13249957)

How, exactly, is having a central search engine like Yahoo that can locate interesting audio content on other people's machines, with copyright and licensing issues being a between you and the person providing the content and none of Yahoo's business... ...different from having a central search engine like the original Napster or Audiogalaxy or whatever, that can locate interesting audio content on other people's machines, with copyright and licensing issues being a between you and the person providing the content and none of their business?

I am a bete tester for google... (1)

Captain BooBoo (614996) | more than 8 years ago | (#13250027)

Well thats what I call my self anyway. Here is my program, just cut and paste into google search and get your free music. intitle:index.of "parent directory" *.mp3

peace
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