NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition service for mobile phones in Japan.

NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition service for mobile phones in Japan.

A free trial version of the as-yet-unnamed service will be offered to attendees of the In the City Tokyo 2004 music industry conference, to be held Oct. 1-10. The service will also be available via the confab’s Web site. The trial period will run until Oct. 31; NTT hopes to launch a commercial version of the service by the end of the year.

The service, which will be available for use on all Japanese mobile-phone services, will leverage a database of 200,000 tracks provided by Japan Music Data, a digital database company set up by leading local labels.

The service incorporates technology developed by NTT Communications Science Laboratories and NTT Information Sharing Platform Laboratories.

NTT Resonant says the aim of the test is to gauge commercial potential. The company says it eventually hopes to expand the service to link search results to Web sites selling CDs, mastertones and concert tickets.

London-based audio technology firm Shazam launched its music-recognition technology in Japan in July through a partnership with local licensee SystemK, MTV Japan and MTV Japan's mobile-services partner, Yamaha.

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