Music Radar, an application for music recognition

About Music Radar

In the next article we are going to take a look at Music Radar. This is a small application for music recognition that we can find available for Ubuntu as a snap package. With it we can record music from our microphone or system, and with this recording the application will identify the music that is being played. Identifying song title, artist, album, album art, etc.

Today, Shazam it is possibly the reference application for music identification. Shazam works by analyzing the captured sound and finding a match based on an acoustic fingerprint in a database of millions of songs. This software is developed by Apple, and we cannot find it available for Gnu / Linux. But thanks to open source developers, we can find creations that seek to make up for this absence in the software catalog. Among them we will have options that perform a similar task, as is the case with Music Radar.

settings music radar

In order to use this program without limitations we will need a token AudDas Music Radar uses the AudD APIs to recognize music. Its database contains 60 million tracks. If we do not use a token, we will have at our disposal a limited number of searches in the database per day. As can be seen in the previous screenshot, in the program’s configuration we will find a link to its website, from which we can obtain the necessary token to be able to use the program without restrictions.

General characteristics of Music Radar

music radar interface, clear theme

  • This is an open source music recognition program, which provides a feature similar to that offered by Shazam. The program is written in C ++.
  • Us it will allow to identify the title of the song, the artist, the albums, the album art, etc..
  • We will can record from microphone or sound from other apps in our system.
  • The program will keep the history of what it identifies.
  • We too will allow you to play a preview of the identified song, search for it on YouTube or open it directly on Spotify.

music radar history

  • This program includes dark theme support.
  • Music Radar is a simple program that works with a clean and uncluttered interface.
  • In order to use this program without daily limitations, as I indicated above lines, an AudD token is required as Music Radar uses the AudD APIs to recognize music.
  • By default the program captures 10 seconds of audio, and then access the AudD database and recognize the song that has been captured.

These are just some of the features that this program offers. They can consult all of them in detail from the project’s GitHub repository.

Install Music Radar

This program, in Ubuntu we will be able to install using the snap package that we can find in Snapcraft. To install it on our system, it is only necessary to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command in it:

install as snap

sudo snap install music-radar

After installing the snap package, we can start the program looking for its corresponding launcher in our team. Also, another possibility to launch this program is by typing in the terminal:

music radar launcher

music-radar

Uninstall

For uninstall this program installed via Snap, it is only necessary to open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and execute the command in it:

Uninstall Music Radar

sudo snap remove music-radar

MusicRadar is a small music recognition application for Linux desktops, which will allow us to record music from our microphone or system to identify the song that has been captured. This is not the only application for music recognition that we can find available for Gnu / Linux. Mousai or SongRec are other good options that users have available, and thus have different possibilities available to be able to use the one that best suits our needs.

Users who want to know more about this project, can consult the information published in the project’s GitHub repository.

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