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digimind
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It's probably in development already, but I think eventually there will be an iPod-like device that lets you select songs with your voice... by singing any part of it, and it could either start from the beginning in one mode or join in where you were singing in another mode. It's not that far-fetched when you think about it. All the component technology already exists, and just needs to be worked together into one unit. Pitch recognition, melody recognition and signature generation. It could even do a combination of voice/pitch recognition so that it can tell what you're getting at by the lyrics alone even if you sing like crap. The lyrics and melody signatures would be easily embedded into music files, provided the artists and record companies don't cry foul... but surely whoever develops this would come up with a proprietary format that protects the information from being abused.

And if nobody's developing it yet, then I claim rights to this idea as of the date of this post and I shall call it iCue. "I Cue" as in it takes your musical cue, and pronounced like "IQ" because it seems intelligent. :)


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so what happens when you have the same song by two different artists?

It plays the better one... DUH!!!

:)

Ok, what do you think it should do? Would you want to try to sing the part (if any) that is different, or would that be too complicated? Would it be amusing to have it choose based on a bunch of criteria such as your current mood based on which songs you've played recently? Would it be creepy if it got to know you so well that it could predict what song you'll request next?

that would be totally awesome.

I think it should CRASH!!!! Haha. I would probably prefer it to pick the one least recently played... that way if it chose wrong you could just sing it again and it would play the right one.

Brilliant!

On both parts. :)

Hmm... If it was really an Apple product, I could have it play the one you didn't want to hear, and at the same time delete the one you did.

Then again, if it was a Microsoft product, it would interrupt your song to announce, "There are new embellishments available for your tracks. Would you like to install them now?"

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