Midomi.com Spreads Holiday Cheer Around The World
Music-Centric Social Networking Community Expands Language Offerings in Polish, German, Portuguese and Korean
SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Dec. 20, 2007 – Melodis Corp., a leader in search and sound recognition technologies, today announced the availability of Midomi.com in German, Korean, Portuguese and Polish. This latest advancement allows people to find, share, and record versions of music in these languages just in time for the holidays.
Through advanced sound recognition technology, the site allows users to search for music by singing or humming a few bars of a song and record their own rendition of a tune to share with others. The comprehensive, user-generated database is comprised of more than 200,000 songs and growing daily, including many of today’s favorite holiday jingles. With the addition of these four languages, the Midomi interface is now available in a total of 10 languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and French.
“Midomi.com offers a unique and easy way to record and send personalized holiday messages to friends and family around the world,” said Keyvan Mohajer, chief executive officer of Melodis. “To date, Midomi visitors have contributed songs in more than 33 languages. In the future, we hope to make the site interface available in even more languages to support the collaboration, contribution and discovery of music around the world.”
Mohajer points out that it’s no easy task to develop a technology that recognizes the many variations a song that can be sung or hummed in English let alone in so many related languages.
“The technology behind Midomi analyzes pitch, melody, rhythm, speech and phonetic content as well as other sound features. It then compares those measurements with the user generated database and matches accordingly,” said Mohajer. “The technology has a 95 percent accuracy rate.”
For music enthusiasts and artists alike, the site enables them to discover and be discovered, helping to establish a unique presence and build a viral fan base in a fun and intuitive way. The free member-based service, which was named one of the top technology innovations of 2007 by Popular Science’s 20th Annual Best of What’s New (BOWN) Awards, requires a computer microphone to sing and record music on the site.
About Melodis Corporation
Incorporated in September 2005, Melodis Corporation is building the next generation of search and sound recognition technologies that are “Breaking the Silence” in human-computer interaction. These technologies have a variety of applications on the Internet, on mobile devices and in other areas. To date, Melodis’ technologies have been applied to music search, text search and speech recognition, and additional applications are currently under development. Melodis has an established base of partners. The Melodis management team is comprised almost entirely of graduates from Stanford University.
With the launch of its new online community, www.midomi.com, Melodis has combined the world’s most powerful search technologies with proven online models including social networking, user-generated content and digital content distribution, and is moving forward with its mission to build the world’s most comprehensive database of searchable music.
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