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How does Shazam work? Music Recognition Algorithms, Fingerprinting, and Processing

by Jovan Jovanovic

You hear a familiar song in the club or the restaurant. You listened to this song a thousand times long ago, and the sentimentality of the song really touches your heart. You desperately want to heart it tomorrow, but you can't remember its name! Fortunately, in our amazing futuristic world, you have a phone with music recognition software installed, and you are saved. But how does this really work? Shazam's algorithm was revealed to world in 2003. In this article we'll go over the fundamentals of that algorithm.

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