Music ID apps are hot. Just ask Shazam, the pioneering app in this space which just scored $32 million in new funding.
But soon Shazam, and rival SoundHound, will find themselves with multiple competitors, thanks to the first open-source music ID from the Echo Nest. Called "Echoprint," the new music ID technology is the latest addition to the Echo Nest's music developer platform.
Along with the Echo Nest's other features-like a music recommendation engine, remixing technology and others-developers licensing the Echo Nest's developer API can now add music ID features to whatever apps they build using the company's platform.
How much of a competition this poses to Shazam and SoundCloud entirely depends on how well Echoprint works. Music ID services are notoriously finicky, often proving unable to ID a song for either a lack of proper backend reference tracks or the inability to properly hear a song due to background noise. The Echo Nest is partnering with 7digital on the former, tapping the digital music service's catalog of 13 million songs as its reference database. No word yet on the latter.