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  • Your iPhone Listens to Music Too? Listen.app
    Erica Sudan has come up with another little ingenious app called Listen. Believe it or not, just hold your iphone up to some music, and your iphone will happily list the song, artist and album! Never again will you have to ask everyone around you "what's that song again?"



    For now you can visit Erica's Site to download and then install manually but Ste Packaging should have it on their installer source very soon. Very Cool App!

    [via tuaw] thanks Erica for the tip . . . and the app of course

    edit: Ste has it up on his installer source now
    second edit: if you like it give it some digg love

    third edit: the service is disabled for good it looks like. the owners of the music db apparently don't like people freely accessing it.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Your iPhone Listens to Music Too? Listen.app started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 201 Comments
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      I installed and tried this on 2 semi obscure tunes and it found both. This app rocks.
    1. Zach23's Avatar
      Zach23 -
      This isn't working for me at all. Im running an unlocked 1.1.2 and im using listen beta 3 cuz the rest didn't work either. Whenever I click Listen, it reboots the phone :S

      Does this happen to anybody else?
    1. dtran's Avatar
      dtran -
      very awesome app!

      now someone needs to make a cool video, just like the verizon one!
    1. boioglu's Avatar
      boioglu -
      hey guys,

      i agree it sounds fantastic. and i would buy erica (at least) a coffee for that.
      i cannot find it on installer though. do you know where is it?

      i have ste packaging as source, but still nothin.

      please give me a hint
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sticky111 View Post
      dude, what do u mean there might be problems becasue its mimicing sony's material, i had this basically exact program used on my 8525 with ATT service. so what do u mean?
      You must have misread my post. It's not mimicking Sony's material, it's mimicking the request as it was coming from a Sony Ericsson phone(a similar example of this would be like using a firefox plug-in to tell a website you're actually using IE, when you're not). Then, by impersonating the SE phone, it has access to Sony's music ID service. This service is licensed and provided by Sony to phone and network providers (like your 8525).

      So I guess you do bring a good point, as to where does this app fall. In one side, the app is emulating to gain access to a website not designed for the iPhone, which is a no-no in my opinion. On the other hand, this service is provided within other AT&T phones. So I guess it falls into the provider of the service to determine whether this is ok or not, though if one of the posters above me got his sources right, looks like they're trying to get official support for this app so they might not even have to emulate anymore.

      As to where all this is coming here, here's the most technical post over at TUAW which explains how it works

      "Did a quick look at the app. The magic is done by impersonating a Sony EricssonK810i phone ("SonyEricssonK810i/R6BC Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1 UNTRUSTED/1.0"), and using sony's service: http://wap.sonyericsson.com/recognize/query (which uses Gracenote MusicID technology) ."
    1. karl184's Avatar
      karl184 -
      I'm using 1.1.2. This is freaky. It can recognize Filipino songs.
    1. dooley19's Avatar
      dooley19 -
      wow! It found all the songs! I love the app! thanks Erica!
    1. mimiosusume's Avatar
      mimiosusume -
      I love this app! My boyfriend always nagged me about his verizon vcast song recognition thing and now I have it!

      But I would suggest when it's updated it should keep a list of what you have listened to and maybe email the information ^_^
    1. geoffl1's Avatar
      geoffl1 -
      this app is great but i wish i could save the songs i look up if i want to... ie if i hear a song on the radio and the app gives me the name and artist, i would like to click a button and save the info rather than have to look at it and type it into the notepad app while im driving or have to remember it so i can download it when i get home
    1. yowiphone's Avatar
      yowiphone -
      I cant wait till i use this..!!!
    1. rudi's Avatar
      rudi -
      Quote Originally Posted by mimiosusume View Post
      I love this app! My boyfriend always nagged me about his verizon vcast song recognition thing and now I have it!

      But I would suggest when it's updated it should keep a list of what you have listened to and maybe email the information ^_^
      to - mimiosusume, beta 3 has an option to email the info, as well as contact the itunes server... R
    1. MgNate's Avatar
      MgNate -
      I installed it with the installer and it hangs at "Contacting info server." Is the installer version messed up or it it because of what I'm trying to record from?

      I got it to work!

      I just faced the mic (The bottom of my beautiful iPhone) towards the speaker.
    1. ziza6969's Avatar
      ziza6969 -
      Works great with 1.1.1 but doesn't work with 1.1.2, got all Bob Marley's songs
    1. hozay09's Avatar
      hozay09 -
      hmm.. not working for me.. I should unstall & reinstall to see what happens.
    1. ziza6969's Avatar
      ziza6969 -
      Ooops when downloaded from installer it works..!!
    1. rudi's Avatar
      rudi -
      Quote Originally Posted by shadow_cruiser View Post
      Anyone with a limited EDGE plan such as those in Canada have to be careful because this uses TONS of data. About a few MB's each time it connects to the server. Be careful!
      Actually tests show it only sends about 15kb....
    1. hawee's Avatar
      hawee -
      does this not work over edge connection?
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by rudi View Post
      to - mimiosusume, beta 3 has an option to email the info, as well as contact the itunes server... R
      Beta 3? Where did you get it, are you an insider?

      Mine only works sporadically.

      How loud does the music need to be?
    1. ARCHA1C's Avatar
      ARCHA1C -
      I've tried a few very recognizable songs and it just sits at "Contacting Info Server"... I'm upgraded to 1.1.2
    1. Jodiedicie's Avatar
      Jodiedicie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Beta 3? Where did you get it, are you an insider?

      Mine only works sporadically.

      How loud does the music need to be?
      Beta-03 is on Installer now. The music doesn't need to be super loud. I have mine at a "normal" volume and it works fine.