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Encyclopedia > Singingfish
Singingfish
Fate Acquired
Founded 1999, acquired by Thomson SA in 2000, by AOL in 2003
Defunct Feb 2007
Location Seattle, WA
Industry Internet Search
Peak size over 50 employees

Singingfish was an audio/video search engine that powered audio video search for Windows Media Player, RealOne / RealPlayer, WindowsMedia.com, AOL Search, Real Guide[1], Dogpile, Metacrawler[2] and Singingfish.com, among others. Launched in 2000, it was one of the earliest and longest lived search engines dedicated to multimedia content. Acquired in 2003 by AOL, it was slowly folded into the AOL search offerings and as of Feb 2007 has ceased to exist as a separate service. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the media and entertainment company. ... It has been suggested that AOL search data scandal be merged into this article or section. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ... Google search is the worlds most popular search engine. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ... RealPlayer is a media player, created by RealNetworks, that plays a number of multimedia formats including multiple generations of RealAudio and RealVideo codecs as well as MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, etc. ... RealPlayer, briefly known also as RealOne Player, is a cross-platform media player by RealNetworks that plays a number of multimedia formats including MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, Windows Media and multiple versions of proprietary RealAudio and RealVideo codecs. ... Dogpiles main logo // Dogpile is a metasearch engine that fetches results from Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live Search (formerly MSN Search), Ask. ...


Singingfish powered audio search continues to live on for the time being at AOL Search and other AOL properties. However, little if any development has been done since August 2006. Singingfish powered video search is no longer publicly available.

Contents

Overview

Singingfish employed its own web crawler, Asterias, designed specifically to ferret out audio and video links across the web. In 2003 and 2004, Asterias discovered an average of about fifty thousand new pieces of multimedia content a day. A proprietary system was used to process each of the discovered links, extracting metadata and then enhancing it prior to indexing as much multimedia content on the web has little or poor metadata. A web crawler (also known as a Web spider or Web robot) is a program or automated script which browses the World Wide Web in a methodical, automated manner. ...


History

January 2000 group photo
January 2000 group photo

Singingfish was founded in mid-1999 by John DeRosa, Eric Rehm, Ken Berkun, and Mike Behlke. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 277 KB) Group photo of Singingfish employees in its first office on Seattles Capital Hill. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 277 KB) Group photo of Singingfish employees in its first office on Seattles Capital Hill. ...


By January of 2000, it grew to 17 employees. The group photo on the left was taken in Singingfish's first office on Seattle's Capitol Hill on January 24, 2000. From left to right: Robin Alexander, Scott Lee, Chris Wilkes, Eric Rehm, Shannon MacRae, Mike Behlke, Mark Lipsky, Linden Rhoads (a non-employee adviser), John Madsen, Charles Porter, Vas Sudanagunta, Paul Shannon, Austin Dahl, Chris Abajian and John DeRosa. Not pictured: Ken Berkun and Monte Hayward. Capitol Hill Capitol Hill is the second most densely populated neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, United States, after Belltown (the north part of downtown). ...


By the Fall of 2000, Singingfish had grown to over 50 employees. In November of 2000, it was acquired by the French company Thomson Multimedia (now Thomson SA). Singingfish announced its first customer, Zurich-based Internet AG, in December 2000. Singingfish Search first appeared on Internet AG's "Swiss Search" and Infospace's Dogpile and Metacrawler sites late in the summer of 2001. This article is about the media and entertainment company. ...

Summer 2000 group photo
Summer 2000 group photo

By this time Singingfish was clearly the dominant multimedia search engine. No competitor indexed as much of the audio and video content available on the web or provided more relevant query results. In the fall of 2001, Real Networks signed a deal with Singingfish for the latter to provide audio and video search for RealOne Player. In January of 2003, Microsoft signed a similar deal, in this case to provide audio and video search for Windows Media Player and WindowsMedia.com. Image File history File links Singingfish_group_photo_-_Queen_Anne_Big_Room. ... Image File history File links Singingfish_group_photo_-_Queen_Anne_Big_Room. ... RealNetworks (NASDAQ: RNWK) is a Seattle-based provider of Internet media delivery software and services. ... RealPlayer is a media player, created by RealNetworks, that plays a number of multimedia formats including multiple generations of RealAudio and RealVideo codecs as well as MP3, MPEG-4, QuickTime, etc. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Windows Media Player (WMP) is a digital media player and media library application developed by Microsoft that is used for playing audio, video and viewing images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system, as well as on Pocket PC and Windows Mobile-based devices. ...


Singingfish downsized dramatically under Thomson Multimedia (Summer 2001) and then slowly continued to shrink in size through its acquisition by AOL in October 2003. It has been suggested that AOL search data scandal be merged into this article or section. ...


Soon after acquiring Singingfish, AOL integrated its audio/video search service into AOL Search, adding yet another big-name to the stable of search products powered by Singingfish. As of August 2006, Singingfish continued to power multimedia search for both Microsoft and Real, and was being fully integrated into the AOL search and directed media business unit.


The last members of the Singingfish staff were laid off in December 2006[1]. As of February 7, 2007 all hits to Singingfish on the Internet are being redirected to AOL Video


Features

Supported Formats

MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is an audio encoding format. ... The Moving Picture Experts Group or MPEG is a working group of ISO/IEC charged with the development of video and audio encoding standards. ... QuickTime is a multimedia framework developed by Apple Inc. ... Windows Media is a multimedia framework for media creation and distribution for Microsoft Windows. ... RealMedia is a multimedia container format created by RealNetworks. ... Look up flash in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... AVI, an acronym for Audio Video Interleave, is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in November 1992, as part of the Video for Windows technology. ...

Partner Feeds

The content providers below added their audio and video content to Singingfish's search index using regular feeds. In addition to providing high quality meta data to be indexed, these direct feeds also enabled Singingfish to produce highly current results for news related queries.

  • Comedy Central
  • MTV
  • Nickelodeon
  • TV Land
  • Reuters
  • BBC News
  • CBS News
  • E! News
  • iFilm
  • MSNBC
  • NPR
  • Atom-Films
  • CNN
  • Hollywood.com
  • Like Television
  • MarketWatch (Dow Jones & Company)
  • The One Network
  • RooTV
  • AOL

Trivia

Because Singingfish came onto the scene at about the same time as Big Mouth Billy Bass, many people in 2000 and 2001 assumed that the former was the maker or the name of the latter. Big Mouth Billy Bass in action Billy Bass redirects here. ...


Notes

  1. ^ For queries on Real Guide, Singingfish search results appeared in the section "Audio & Video on the Web". The Singingfish logo was only displayed on the second and later result pages.
  2. ^ For queries on Dogpile and Metacrawler, results from Singingfish were annotated next to the relevant result(s).

  Results from FactBites:
 
BetaNews | AOL Takes 'SingingFish' Search Off Ice (846 words)
Aside from being used within the AOL client, SingingFish is also licensed to Microsoft, RealNetworks and Infospace.
According to AOL, the main difference between SingingFish and other search engines is that it was designed to provide results for customers who are just looking for streaming media and nothing else.
Some other capabilities that will be taken off the ice with SingingFish on Wednesday are: filters that are applied toward each search minus the 'advanced' nomenclature; the ability to e-mail searches to friends and colleagues; listings of popular queries; staff favorites; and a "I am bored" section that will play random media clips on request.
Singingfish Grows As Multimedia Search Provider (1314 words)
Singingfish cannot actually watch or listen to the files it indexes to know what they are about.
I put Singingfish to work on New Year's Day, which is always a depressing time for me. That's because watching the Pasadena Rose Parade every year is a tradition I've had to live without since I moved to the UK back in 1997.
Singingfish, the search engine that holds a Google-like dominance in providing multimedia searching to audio-visual players, is launching a paid inclusion program this week.
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