I’m a rock guy who primarily gets his music fix from an iPod and Pandora. Recently, I heard a song on the local hit radio station at the mall. The song became embedded in my brain. I had to know who sang it.
As soon as I got home I made a few phone calls, humming the song in the hopes of finding out the track name and artist. Apparently, my lack of singing ability translates into an incomprehensible hum.
With nowhere left to turn, I hit the Web, armed with nothing more than the word “low.” Thankfully, not only is the word repeated 100 times in the song, it’s also the title. (Flo Rida, Low).
Knowing that I’d tire of the song after a few spins, I set out on a quest to find a place where I could play it for free and prove to my friends that my humming wasn’t that far off. The answer: Songerize.
Offering the simplistic aesthetics of Google, the site features two search boxes, one for song name and one for the artist. Type in your query and in several seconds the page will play the song.
There are no bells and whistles. You won’t find out where you can purchase the song, what label it’s on or the year it’s from. Songerize is for folks looking to pull up a mainstream song quickly and then move on.
Playable search engine SeeqPod powers the results , which are limited to current hits. What exactly that’s defined as is unclear. Present-day chart toppers are aplenty. But searching for a hit from a few years back came up empty.
The site’s primary competitor appears to be Songza.
One group of people taking advantage of these music search engines are members of SpinJay. Created by a 17-year-old who was frustrated over playlists designed by algorithms, the site puts a human touch on “automated” streamed sets.
How Songerize can monetize or whether or not they can legally slurp music in this fashion is unclear, but the site successfully extinguished my desire to ever hear “Low” again.