Sticky music

The other day I was walking along the street and I passed a shop that was playing one of my favorite songs. I wanted to stop and linger, just to enjoy the rest of the song, but I was on my way to meet some people, and I didn’t want to keep them waiting.

Yet I thought to myself “Why can’t I take the song with me?” I know there is software that can recognize a song from just a few bars, so there is no technical barrier that would prevent, say, a smart phone from “picking up” any music in the vicinity.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you were walking down the street, and whenever you heard a song you like, you could just pick it up and take it with you, so that it continues to play on your own portable music player?

Of course this defeats the goal of the store owners, who are playing that yummy music precisely to entice you to go into their store and linger a while. But somehow I think they would survive. 🙂

4 thoughts on “Sticky music”

  1. I believe you can do this with Shazam (one of those apps that recognizes songs that are playing). It has an option to download the recognized song from Amazon’s mp3 store or to play it on Spotify, among other things. Maybe its time for you to get another Android phone if you haven’t already 😉

  2. So you’re walking along and the song will continue to play from the same place it was playing when you heard it? How seamless is it?

    I want to have the experience of just carrying the song along with me. If I need to fiddle with things in order to keep the song playing as I continue to walk, then that’s not quite the experience I would want.

  3. No, it wouldn’t start playing from the same place and you’d have to fiddle a bit. I see what you mean now, and that would be a very cool feature!

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