The Echo Nest Solves Music Discovery with New ‘Goodness’ Analysis API

April 1, 2009

SOMERVILLE, Mass., April 1 /PRNewswire/ – Today, The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company powering advanced digital music applications, announced it has solved the problem of music discovery – helping music fans everywhere sort through millions of artists to find the ones they (should) love.

The Echo Nest’s new Goodness API applies the company’s advanced web crawling, language processing and audio analysis platform to help music fans everywhere separate music worth listening to from music that should be avoided.

With the Goodness API, developers can query the Echo Nest platform with an artist name. For any artist, the Echo Nest’s Musical Brain returns a numerical value, indicating the overall Goodness of the artist.

More information about the Goodness API is available at: http://blog.echonest.com/.

Developers can directly access the API at http://developer.echonest.com/.

“After twelve years of R&D, we are proud to have finally solved the music discovery problem,” said Paul Lamere, Director of Developer Community at The Echo Nest. “The biggest problem for every music fan is finding music that is good and avoiding music that is bad. Our Goodness analyzer automates this daunting task. Had this powerful tool been available years ago, I would have avoided spending hundreds of dollars in Meatloaf albums and glow-in-the-dark posters.”

About The Echo Nest

The Echo Nest powers more intelligent digital music applications using a patented machine-learning platform that automatically:

  • Reads about music, crawling the web and analyzing the text on millions of web pages to understand what the entire online world is saying about every artist, album and song.
  • Listens to music, analyzing every song on the web to extract key, tempo, rhythm and timbre and other attributes — understanding every song in the same way a musician would describe it.
  • Learns music trends, analyzing online music behavior (social networks, p2p, blogs, online forums, playlists) to understand online buzz and identify music trends.

The Echo Nest is a three-time National Science Foundation SBIR grant winner. Private investors include Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Argos Management and a series of angel investors, including a co-founder of the MIT Media Lab.

SOURCE The Echo Nest

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