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App of the Week – Gsound

By now, everyone is familiar with Shazam and Soundhound, those almost magical apps that can identify virtually any song ever recorded from just a few sound bites, often filtering out other audio distractions and background noise to do so.  Well, now an even more ambitious app claims to be able to identify movies and TV shows as well as songs. It’s called Gsound and initial tests suggest it is every bit as good as advertised!

Despite the seemingly ground-breaking reach of Gsound, the app relies on the same acoustic fingerprint technology that is behind the other music tagging services. Every TV show or movie has unique audio sequences – often including periods of silence – that can be used to establish an identity. Once a show or movie had been identified, it’s a simple search process to bring up additional information, including related episodes, cast members, movie trivia, and more.

With an estimated worldwide total of more than 10 trillion songs, movies and TV shows out there, it will take Gsound a while to build its full media database. At the present time, Gsound has limited its non-song title reach to American TV shows and movies, but it’s easy to see how this could rapidly grow to embrace a much bigger share of the global entertainment market.

We tested Gsound with an array of different TV shows and movies and it was uncanny in its ability to nail the titles, often with just a few seconds of captured audio. It was even able to identify individual episodes of TV shows as varied as iCarly and CSI: Miami, providing comprehensive background information on the whole series as well as that particular week’s plot lines.

Of course, identifying a TV show or movie title is just the start of the fun. As suggested above, Gsound can provide background on actors and actresses, including bios and other roles. There are links to IMDb and Wikipedia for additional information, and links to Amazon and iTunes if you want to purchase a show or shop for related products. And, of course, Gsound wouldn’t be complete without the inevitable sharing links to Facebook, Twitter Google+ and YouTube.

Gsound is currently only available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch (iOS 6.0 or higher), although an Android version is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Developer: Axwave, Inc.

Platform: iOS 6.0 or later

App Category: Music

Release Date: June 17, 2013

Price: Free

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