From the Grapevine: A search engine for radio and podcasts is already making waves

From the Grapevine: A search engine for radio and podcasts is already making waves. “While we have search engines for web content and services like Spotify and Pandora for music, very little exists to help us sift through the enormous content produced daily by podcasts and radio. Israeli startup Audioburst, creators of a new search engine that indexes radio and podcast content, recognized the need for innovation in this neglected area of search after experiencing the same frustrations as the rest of us.”

The Verge: Spotify opens podcasting section up to everyone

The Verge: Spotify opens podcasting section up to everyone. “Spotify isn’t offering to host the podcasts directly. Instead, producers will provide the streaming service with a link to their podcast feed, after which Spotify will list it and make the podcast available to its 180 million users. Spotify is, however, offering to provide information on who is listening to the podcasts, which will no doubt be especially helpful to podcasts with paying advertisers. The service promises to offer daily stats about the demographics of who is listening to the podcast, engagement statistics, and where they’re listening from.”

Auburn University: Auburn University Libraries Opens Archive of Audio Recordings from the 1960s and ‘70s

Auburn University: Auburn University Libraries Opens Archive of Audio Recordings from the 1960s and ‘70s. “Auburn University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Department has been working to make available a large number of audio recordings of the university’s Horizons Lecture Series, Auburn Profiles Series, Auburn Conference on International Affairs, and various other speeches and programs conducted on campus, many of which have not been available to researchers and scholars for many years. Originally recorded in the 1960s and ‘70s, these recordings represent a treasure trove of the actual words of political and military leaders, sports figures, journalists and entertainers. The first of these newly digitized recordings are now available for researchers and casual listeners free online.”

An Online Archive of Playable MIDI Files

Not new, but new-to-me: an online archive of MIDI files you can play and download. (Thanks to Esther S. for the heads-up.) From the About page: “I wanted to hear some MIDIs, so I searched and found a .zip file with 100K+ MIDI files that someone posted to Reddit. I tried playing a few in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. and then realized that they’ve all dropped the tag. Even Quicktime and VLC couldn’t play back the files.*”

Engadget: Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

Engadget: Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search. “Google’s Now Playing song recognition was clever when it premiered late in 2017, but it had its limits. When it premiered on the Pixel 2, for instance, its on-device database could only recognize a relatively small number of songs. Now, however, that same technology is available in the cloud through Sound Search — and it’s considerably more useful if you’re tracking down an obscure title.”