This week’s site: What’s that tune? Search tool knows

Internet search engines may be good at tracking down almost anything, but here’s something new: a search engine that allows any personal computer to display the title and artist of a song on the radio.

The Tunatic is a search engine that identifies songs playing from radio or any other music source. The Tunatic “hears” the song through a microphone, and then displays the song’s title within seconds, along with the name of the artist. It can also display many useful links to download the song, read the lyrics or buy the CD, etc.

How does this work? When you click Tunatic’s search button, Tunatic transmits the song’s features to the Tunatic server. The server searches its database and returns the matching song.

Tunatic is free and available for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms from www.wildbits.com/tunatic.

– Knight Ridder Newspapers