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April 15, 2004
AT&T Wireless to ID radio songs
This has been around for awhile now in Britain, but AT&T Wireless is the first carrier in the US to offer Shazams song identification service. If you hear a song you like (or dont like, as the case may be) but dont know who its by, you can just dial #ID (or #43) on your cellphone, hold the phone near the speaker for at least 15 seconds, and then moments later youll get a text message with the name of the song and recording artist. They say theyve got a million songs in the database, and that for right now you can try it out for free, though later itll cost 99 cents a pop.
I'd be curious to know if/how AT&T is handling the copyright issues for this service. Are they are instructing their customers to make digital retransmissions of copyrighted sound recordings? What about the "million songs" they have copied into their database? Is this infringement? Will the RIAA sue? Inquiring minds want to know...
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