MusicIP Open Fingerprint™ Technology Awarded Patent

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Recently Open-Sourced Music Identification Standard Recognized for Innovation

We’re thrilled by the patent granted on the Open Fingerprint, as it is the foundation of our framework for improved music discovery and sales.

MusicIP, the first global search engine for music, has been awarded U.S. Patent #7,013,301 for its Audio Fingerprinting System and Method that provides reliable, fast, and robust identification of digital musical tracks.

The technology in the patent identifies digital music tracks at the master-recording level, by the actual sounds in the track. Released as MusicIP’s affordable Open Fingerprint™ service, the method identifies the same piece of music, consistently, anywhere in the world regardless of language or format.

In a bold initiative this month, MusicIP released the Open Fingerprint Architecture™ into the marketplace with client libraries available under an Open Source license. This pioneering move provides the digital music industry with an effective, yet inexpensive identification mechanism which can be used by music enterprises of all kinds, including digital music stores, content delivery enterprises, and independent and micro-record labels .

With the Open Fingerprint Architecture, digital tracks can be identified consistently against MusicIP’s Music Digital Naming Service™ (MusicDNS) dataset of more than 17 million analyzed songs, providing a simple, dependable Web service to identify music tracks and provide basic metadata. Under the Open Source license options, the public-domain track metadata returned by MusicDNS can be used freely for any application needs.

“We are proud to offer our Open Fingerprint web service to the industry as an up-to-date, cost-effective alternative to the music identification databases on the market, “says Dr. Matthew Dunn, CEO of MusicIP. “We’re thrilled by the patent granted on the Open Fingerprint, as it is the foundation of our framework for improved music discovery and sales.”

About MusicIP

Known as the Global Music Relationship Engine, MusicIP is the axis of the digital-music technology ecosystem with scalable services and products for every major industry niche. Founded in 2000, MusicIP provides revolutionary solutions that connect listeners, artists and enterprises. In addition to the low-cost Music Digital Name Service (MusicDNS) and patented Acoustic Discovery Framework, MusicIP’s language-independent technologies include: the free MusicIP Mixer application for consumers to rediscover their own collections and discover new music; MusicIP’s ListenerLink service which connects musicians directly to new fans worldwide; and a variety of services for music enterprises that connect, personalize and expose more music to more customers. For more information, visit

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