[JPL] Fingerprinting

Louis Erlanger louisx at myfairpoint.net
Wed Mar 7 10:50:30 EST 2012

Fingerprinting is already in use.  One of the first companies to employ 
a version of it was Broadcast Data Systems, and this was already at 
least 15 years ago.   They built software that listened to the radio and 
was able to identify specific songs automatically.   The software would 
analyze portions of songs and keep that as a "fingerprint" to match 
against airplay. When I worked in music publishing, the publishing 
company licensed data from BDS to measure broadcasts in areas where a 
songwriter/artist was on tour.  Many music companies license data from 
SoundScan and BDS to track airplay and sales together.

There is software for smart phones called "SoundHound" that will 
automatically identify any song that is played into your smart phone 

On 3/7/2012 3:08 AM, Jae Sinnett wrote:
> Curious as to what you think of this idea..."fingerprinting." It's a thought if it's possible to implement.  "Fingerprinting in theory usually can permit any entity (such as the artists rights organizations that pay our royalties like ASCAP&  BMI) to track the content of any airplay or streaming broadcast by recognizing a digital finger print created from a quick random sample of the 0s&  1s that comprise any digital audio file. These samples are unique to every audio file making them virtually immediately identifiable by the fingerprinting software. And unlike other id methods fingerprinting does not have to be included @ the manufacturing stage, so it costs the content creators nothing."
> Jae Sinnett
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