What was that song?
August 1, 2006 8:42 AM   Subscribe

What's playing? What songs are playing on the radio right now and where, an interactive map. Less fun, but much more useful is the site's ability to look up a station and tell you what songs they recently played. (via J-Walk)
posted by caddis (18 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Oh wow. That is cool.
posted by geoff. at 8:48 AM on August 1, 2006

This is a great resource. Thanks for pointing it out!
posted by ericb at 8:55 AM on August 1, 2006

Wow. God radio. All knowing, all seeing.
posted by stbalbach at 9:00 AM on August 1, 2006

Neat new toy - thanks, caddis!
posted by madamjujujive at 9:08 AM on August 1, 2006

Holy cats, that's awesome. Who runs this thing? Where does the data come from? Why doesn't every single radio station website in the US have this functionality?
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:15 AM on August 1, 2006

Finally, a web app that demonstrates that radio plays the same ten songs over and over and over again. Thank you, Web 2.0!
posted by ed at 9:16 AM on August 1, 2006

That's kinda cool. I wonder how much they had to pay for that domain name.
posted by internal at 9:59 AM on August 1, 2006

This is rockin'. Thanks.
posted by ibmcginty at 10:40 AM on August 1, 2006

Sniff sniff, I can't get through my company's webfilter to see.
posted by echo0720 at 10:53 AM on August 1, 2006

Yeah, color me "How they doin that?"

Are they just scraping websites? Most stations that I could pick out have websites which, if you visit, tell you what they're playing.

YES.COM was registered in Switzerland... 10 years ago? I wish registries could track prior owners. :p
posted by cavalier at 12:08 PM on August 1, 2006

Woops. I don't know how to read.

The data comes from a company called 'MediaGuide' site here.

I still have no idea what their sauce is.
posted by cavalier at 12:10 PM on August 1, 2006

posted by ericb at 1:00 PM on August 1, 2006

Pretty cool (saw someone playing a Twilight Singers track), but apart from being interesting to look at for a couple of minutes, what's the point? Is it of any practical use?
posted by TheDonF at 2:53 PM on August 1, 2006

I really like the playlist feature. I heard a song coming home from work which the DJ never announced, and when I got home there it was. I can't tell you how many times before I would have loved to have been able to do this. I am an old school guy who still gets a lot of new music off of the radio, but it is tough when they don't announce the song or artist.
posted by caddis at 9:51 PM on August 1, 2006

Wow that is amazing, I am not in the radio industry but I think the information collected might have some practical uses. Very cool caddis.
posted by friendly1 at 10:33 AM on August 2, 2006

Holy sh!t. I don't think it's scraping websites, because the playlist data they have for my local gonzo weird radio station (WREK) is only a subset of what is published automatically on their website. So my theory is their running some sort of audio recognition algorithm, which is one of those technologies that's been fantasized about for years but never ever ever works. Except this time it seems to be pulling out some amazingly obscure stuff (as WREK is likely to play).

Alternative theory: they are indeed scraping websites, but only listing the songs that exist in iTunes.
posted by intermod at 9:00 PM on August 3, 2006

Yep, the only stuff they're listing is the more popular stuff. Compare their listing of WREK's playlist to WREK's own live playlist.

Aw Jesus, now I don't know again. Their top 100 for WREK has Charlie Parker's Ornithology right at the top of the list. I know for a fact that WREK uses that song in a little 30 second promo ("you're listening to WREK Atlanta") as backing music, and that plays a lot more often than any song. There's a famous run of 32nd notes in it that easily identifies the song. And those promos are NOT listed on the website playlist. Jeez, are they in fact doing song recognition?
posted by intermod at 9:10 PM on August 3, 2006

KERA 90.1 FM doesn't show up on their list for my area. Probably cuz it doesn't play anything they can sell through itunes. Same holds true for most AM stations. Eh. I'd rather there be a decent site that trudges through the crap and tells me which podcasts would best suit my personal interests and tastes.

Anyone know if there's an online radio station that caters to fans of Anarchy Online?
posted by ZachsMind at 9:12 PM on August 3, 2006

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