David @Pogue tweeted a link to this NY Times article, reporting that there are [longer] better, faster [stronger] apps available than Shazam (which is about to start charging new customers…) so I extensively examined the alternatives for just over 30 seconds, and bought midomi (get it? Do, Re, Mi: Mi Do Mi).
It is faster than Shazam, and offers more features but most important you can either type in or, much better, sing or hum the song you are looking for.
After spending about an hour at 3am singing old pop songs in a key entirely my own, I invented the following party game (Sing That Tune) that I give to you in celebration of Silverlight 4 (though it has absolutely nothing to do with Silverlight). If it catches on, remember where you heard it!
- Player 1 (Chooser) tells Player 2 (Singer) the name of a song.
- Player 2 sings/hums/etc. into midomi and the results are scored
[Those who require order and the illusion of fairness might decide to rotate the chooser role, and determine the singer role stochastically: perhaps using a die.]
If midomi finds the song, Singer scores 3 points if it is the #1 find, 2 points if it is in position #2, otherwise 1 point.
If midomi does not find the song Singer has the option to Challenge. If there is a challenge, the Chooser types in either the name of the song or the artist and has one attempt to find the song in midomi. If the song is found, Singer loses 3 points, otherwise Chooser loses 5 points
[Could be a fun Silverlight application now that we have microphone support – but the song recognition may be non-trivial)