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Is there any good method available for using the internet or other resources to identify a tune? I've had the following melody going through my head, off and on, for the past couple of years:

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Luckily it isn't continuous, and it's relatively vanilla and inoffensive, probably a TV show's theme song, or a jingle. But after having this earworm cohabiting my skull for this long, I'm getting curious about whether it's something my brain made up, or, if not, what it is.

I've seen cell-phone apps that seem to be for this purpose, but when someone offered me an opportunity to try one, it didn't seem to work. I whistled the opening bars of Beethoven's 5th, and it failed to recognize it. I don't know for sure, but I imagine that these apps access a database of audio recordings, so they can't recognize a different performance of the same melody as being the same.

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    Soundhound has been able to recognise a hummed tune [so long as it is in tune with at least itself] for many years. Never tried whistling; my guess is the harmonics & overtones are enough to put it off. – Tetsujin Mar 30 at 20:17
  • @Tetsujin: That's helpful, thanks. Soundhound appears to be proprietary...? It would be nice to have something nonproprietary or at least free-as-in-beer. Otherwise it's sort of like it's 1999, and I've just heard about this new search engine called goo-gol or something, but I can't try it out without paying money. – Ben Crowell Mar 30 at 20:41
  • Related to musicfans.stackexchange.com/q/5193/3260 – Bebs Apr 1 at 7:04
  • I can't read notes to save my life but if you record a hummed or whistle version of what you are trying to identify, you would probably get better results. That's if you just want to ID the song for now – Huangism Apr 2 at 16:34
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Try using the Musipedia website: www.musipedia.org

  • Thanks, that's interesting. Didn't work in my case, so I'm not sure how big the database is. – Ben Crowell Mar 31 at 18:45

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