BMI has acquired a digital music recognition service previously used to identify songs from mobile phones for accurately tracking music performance data.

BMI has acquired a digital music recognition service previously used to identify songs from mobile phones for accurately tracking music performance data.

BMI bought the BlueArrow audio recognition technology from U.K.-based digital music recognition firm Shazam Entertainment. The service will power a new system designed to augment BMI's existing music performance measurement service with additional data. The company has also created a new, wholly-owned subsidiary which will own and operate this new system, called Landmark Digital Services.

The system will use the BlueArrow music recognition technology to identify musical performances from any source -- including radio, ringtones, TV and the Internet. According to BMI, the system can identify songs in a matter of seconds. It will begin using the service early next year, initially with radio.

Although BMI now owns all patents and pending patents for BlueArrow, Shazam will continue to use the same technology to offer its mobile music ID service via an exclusive licensing agreement with Landmark.

Shazam's service can identify any song streamed by holding a mobile phone to the source. The cell phone user receives information about the title and artist.