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Mufin MusicFinder From MAGIX
With Mufin MusicFinder MAGIX is the first to present a software packet that automatically finds
and then plays music that matches the user's mood and taste. Mufin MusicFinder can search through
collections that are usually multiple gigabytes in size found on PCs, MP3 players & mobile phones.
The program automatically compiles a list of music similar to one or more songs. For every occasion
- whether sporting, party music or music for the car, Mufin MusicFinder always finds the right music.
Integrated AudioID technology identifies and suggests music tracks on a semantic basis according to
the sound characteristics of the reference track. Conventional procedures are based on metadata or
Community recommendations. For this reason, results from Mufin are especially reliable. What's more,
they're returned in split seconds.
The fundamental technology behind this was developed at the
Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology under the auspices of the creator of the MP3
format Karlheinz Brandenburg and was purchased exclusively in 2005 by the MAGIX daughter company
m2any. Mufin MusicFinder from MAGIX also provides the most important playback, audio CD backup
copy and burning functionality as well as the transfer of playlists to all portable players.
A free version of the program can be downloaded now from www.mufin.com. For additional features,
there is an upgrade option that can be purchased for just EUR19.99.
Jürgen Jaron, CEO MAGIX AG: "Mufin MusicFinder from MAGIX will revolutionize the consumer music
industry because users' PCs, music-playing phones and other players can now finally play exactly
the music to match the mood and taste of the listener. We're delighted to once again bring together
the leading technology of MAGIX with the expertise of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media
Technology IDMT to make a product that has great chances of becoming a standard tool for everyone.
Professor Dr. Karlheinz Brandenburg, Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT:
"Creating playlists for various output devices is quite a laborious. And when compiling music
with other programs, tracks I don't really want to hear continue to crop up. This will be much
easier in the future. By using our AudioID Technology in the Mufin MusicFinder only the music
I really want to hear will be automatically recommended and played."
Insufficient usage of music collections - spoilt for choice Music collections on PCs, players
and music-playing mobile phones are massive - according to this year's study by the German consumer
research company GfK they total 16.6 billion tracks (previous year: 8.8 billion). However,
the benefit from only 614 titles on average is low. The shuffle modes on standard playback programs
often play a number of tracks you don't really want to hear, while compiling by hand or by
genre/artist/album misses out on some favourites because they're location or name are simply unknown.
The principles that apply here are that it's not a bad thing to be spoilt for choice and the user
can't be impressed by songs they can't hear. The apparent unique selection made by Internet music
players can also be a source of nasty surprises. These are often based either on collaborative
recommendations à la "Those who liked this song also liked..." or they sometimes only have limited
variety due to the editorial strain which compiling music brings about.
The technology behind Mufin MusicFinder - a game of numbers Mufin MusicFinder in contrast recognises
the tracks in fractions of seconds using its integrated AudioID technology and compiles similarity
relationships to other songs simply using the music track itself and the way it sounds. A study
carried out by Philips Research Laboratories confirms that similarity counts as one of the most
important criteria when searching through music. The more comparison options available, the more
accurate the result: Over 8 billion comparisons between over 4 million music tracks have already
been made for AudioID. All newly released tracks from every record label are similarly integrated
and are linked with already existing tracks. Year-long research of the basics of music semantics
by the Fraunhofer Institute as well as the expertise of MAGIX in the area of multimedia applications
were seamlessly incorporated into the development of Mufin MusicFinder. This way, Mufin MusicFinder
only plays those tracks that match one another.
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