The service returns a list of song samples that are potential matches for the section of the song sung or whistled by the user.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Melodis said the technology that powers Midomi.com is its Mutimodal Adaptive Recognition System (MARS), which extracts a variety of features from the tune including speech, pitch, tempo, and even the location of pauses.
Melodis has licensed 2 million tracks that Midomi.com will sell, providing links from song sample matches. The site also allows users to contribute to the service by tagging their favorite songs — recording themselves singing the tune and saving the sample to the site.
The Melodis management team is comprised mostly of graduates from