Feeds

Napster looks to audio fingerprints to monitor MP3 shares

Licenses Relatable music analysis code

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Napster has licensed audio software specialist Relatable's audio analysis technology, called TRM, in a bid to control which music tracks are shared on its network.

Relatable's code creates a unique fingerprint based on a track's acoustics. The fingerprint is the same no matter how high or low the quality of digital encoding used to record the track, Relatable claims. It is also works irrespective of the digital audio format used.

The upshot is that Napster will be able to match tracks to fingerprints, and thus block a given song whatever its filename.

To date, the MP3 sharing company hasn't fared too well at blocking all the songs US District Court Judge Marilyn Patel ordered it to. Napster was ordered to block 135,000 songs, and while it recently claimed to have blocked 275,000 songs hidden behind around six million filenames, the company was still recently censured by Judge Patel for not having worked hard enough to comply with her order.

Napster hopes Relatable's technology will help, but building up a fingerprint database and merging it with its filtering system will take time. The time taken will be worth it, however, since TRM will ultimately be used to monitor which songs are shared. That data can be used to calculate royalties, paid for by the user subscriptions the company is expected to introduce in the summer. ®

Related Stories

Judge threatens 'disgraceful' Napster with closure - again
Napster downloads rocket
Napster blocks 275,000 tracks

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register
You'll Read These And LOL Even Though They're Serious
Stop ROBOT exploitation, cry striking Foxconn workers
HP downturn and automation eroding overtime on China's production lines
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.