Update: The UFONE Song Capture is apparently a rip-off of the Airtel Song Catcher VAS in India… maybe its the same vendor.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time writing about the possible tech behind this, but UFONE seems to be on a roll introducing somewhat interesting services over their GSM network.
The first is "UFONE Walkie-Talkie" push-to-talk service which is compatible with Nokia PTT phones.
The second is the "Song Catcher" service – this is something I’ve needed often… if you’re hearing something interesting on the radio or TV, dial a number and put your phone near the speaker. You’ll get an SMS with the name of the artist.
Two things I’m curious about:
(1) Has someone tried the song-catcher service to see how accurate it is? Doing audio-recognition on the fly and having a massive database of songs to make this work would be pretty impressive.
(2) These are the types of services that I think are usually billed on 3G networks because of the high-bandwidth, high-priority network channels needed (for PTT anyway).
Could some telecom geniuses shed some light on how they’re able to offer these on GSM networks?
Could some people who’ve used the services tell me how good they are?