Music is freedom to express your self, feelings, and thoughts. Music is all about creating feelings that otherwise cannot be explained by using simple words. Composing music is the core of everything music-related. However, as an artist, publisher, record label you know that it is not only about creating music - you need to be able to track your music in order to understand and analyze it.
In this blog post, we will present the most widespread tools to track your tunes and the music tracking tool that TRCKTrace uses.
Why Do You Need To Track?
Music tracking is important for every artist, publisher, PRO or record label because they can assist your future marketing campaigns, audience size, and sales. On top of that, they can help you determine when is the best time to release new music.
1. Audio Fingerprint
Audio Fingerprinting has the same approach as human fingerprinting - it identifies any audio piece. By identifying & storing information audio fingerprinting captures a particular sound of a song, that allows it to be differentiated from other songs.
Audio Fingerprinting Framework (Cano et al., 2005)
Audio fingerprinting can be used in sound watermarking, music monitoring audio content, and sound retrieval.
You might recognize one of the forms of audio fingerprinting in services such as Shazam, SoundHound, and MusicID where it is used to identify the song you are looking for.
Another tool that can be used to monitor music is Audio Watermark. Similar to the fingerprint, its use is to identify a specific audio/broadcast piece. The way that watermarking work is that it doesn't just identify the song but it modifies the portion of the original music by adding additional information instead. This way it ensures better identification and reporting.
For the best results, watermarking should be done in a way that is invisible to the listener, yet be flexible to distortion and compression.
Two of the uses of Audio Watermarking are having control over your rights management, and audio identification.
With the rise of the music streaming so did the blockchain technology was boosted.
Blockchains are used to find out to whom the intellectual property belongs to and what are the rights to it. By using a distributed ledger that is an open-source that hold records and transactions in a blockchain.
The blockchain technology is used to determine who is the owner of a song which can be used to buy the rights to use the song. Moreover, there are many benefits from the usage of blockchain technology by the music industry - such as guaranteeing rightness to the musicians. With the use of blockchain technology, it can be ensured that artists will be paid fairly, on time, and will gain credit for their work.
4. Audio Crawling
Online Audio Crawling has the same approach as web crawlers. The difference is that instead for searching for text, audio crawlers are searching for audio files that are uploaded on the Internet. Crawlers discover find pages by re-crawling audio files on pages that they know about, then extracting the links to other pages or files that might include new audio files. These new URLs are added to the crawl queue so that they can be downloaded at a later date.
Audio crawlers are used to access and discover new music. Similar to web crawlers, audio crawling reads pages and the containing audio files' metadata to create entries for a search engine index.
5. Broadcast Monitoring
Broadcast monitoring or Media monitoring is used to observe the activity of TV, print media, and online media sources. In order to monitor media audio and a combination video recording, text scanners & recognition software, and analysts will be needed. Automation can be achieved by using data mining and machine learning technologies.
Broadcast monitoring is used to measure audio performance and protect copyrights. Media monitoring can be used by media agencies, publishers, broadcasters, record labels, and artists.
6. Live & Recorded Music Event Monitoring
Music Events Monitoring can be traced from both live and recorded music event sources. Music Event Monitoring is achieved by screening social media and music platforms for music events that are being held.
Event Monitoring is used to know where the music is being played, copyrights management and can provide vital information about the performing content.
TRCKTrace Monitoring Tools
Here in TRCKTrace we can recognize and track even the smallest fragments. Our crawler and fingerprint tool are the most sophisticated in the music industry business. This combined with our deep understanding of the music business gives us a professional approach to every request you have regarding the music monitoring.
With the help of our innovative software, we track and trace any digital form of music. We can fingerprint any music file by including metadata to it. As for matching purposes - we use our own extensive music database together with all of the known global music database to ensure best results.
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