SeeqPod: The Best Music Search Engine I’ve Seen So Far

Posted Oct 11, 2007

“The amount of music on the Internet is much larger than music found in localized catalogs or physical inventories,” stated Kasian Franks, founder of SeeqPod. “It’s also a well known fact now that the Internet has a growing inventory filled with mashups, mixes and music of all kinds.”

Mo Kakwan, Pulse 2.0’s Silicon Valley correspondent attended the sfnewtech meetup a couple days ago and he informed me about an up and coming music search engine called Seeqpod. I checked it out last night and I was extremely impressed by the service.

First of all, I’ve never seen a search engine that shows what its crawler is indexing in real-time. And secondly, SeeqPod does an amazing job focusing on a specific niche by incorporating a music search with an Adobe Flash-controlled playlist. Its very simple. You search for a song, click play, save it to a playlist if desired, and the properties of where the MP3 is pulled from is provided.

I’m a huge fan of mashups, so I typed it into SeeqPod and below is the results that were found (click the thumbnail to enlarge):

The picture shows that Seeqpod found 703 results. But I typed in mashups again a couple minutes later and it found 808 results. The beauty of Seeqpod’s search is that it depends on users to delete tracks that no longer work, but is constantly indexing new songs. There are options to embed tracks and share tracks as well.

Kakwan informed me that one of the key takeaways from Franks’ pitch at sfnewtech is that the importance of web sites like SeeqPod will continue to increase as the music industry realizes that music is to be treated like content. Just like you search for web sites using searches, music searches are becoming equally embraced.

One thing to note as you use Seeqpod is how they’ve hidden access to the actual URL of songs found from you. It seems as though Franks and team took efforts to keep Seeqpod from becoming a big illegal mp3 swap area. Searching for a song is a breeze. I searched for Junior Senior and within moments had their entire discography blasting through my speakers courtesy of the inbuilt playlist and player. Then I started looking at ways to find the page on which the songs were residing.  I was only able to find options to buy the tunes, via itunes or amazon. Or use their inbuilt flash player to embed the playlist I had created or a little player for the individual song. There were other options to send the song to a friend or share your playlist too.

Seeqpod indexs music from all over the net but does not easily give you access to the single thing you need to download the tune. I say “easily” because if you hover your mouse over the song you can get a complete url to the song, which you can painstakingly type in if you are so inclined to take the effort. Seeqpod is like going to a national park. You can enjoy yourself while you’re there, but you can’t take a bit of the park with you when you leave. The reasons for this set up are clear with how ridiculously the RIAA and music industry fights technology that makes music easily accessible. The no URL layout of the site maybe a single line defense to stay in business. That’s how they support their position that they are not a search engine to steal music.

Perhaps in time as the music industry starts realizing that they cannot run the same way as they used to precautions of no url will be lifted and the music will be completely free.

Kasian Franks is the co-founder and CEO of SeeqPod. Seeqpod was evolved from a project out of University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Edit: By Mo Kakwan