Less than a week after Google launched Chrome 25 replete with voice-recognition support via the new Web Speech API, an interesting little hack has emerged from the Rdio community that taps this very feature.
Talk Radio takes voice-search to Rdio
Talk Radio takes Siri-esque functionality and replicates it in your browser, letting you request music on Rdio simply by talking.
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When you hit the spacebar, the app will ask for permission to access your microphone.
You can then simply say ‘Play Music by [Artist Name]’, and it will automatically start playing clips of songs by that artist at random.
Of course, this is just a proof of concept, and Rdio regularly encourages the developer community to partake in such projects via its API, the idea being they could eventually lead to fully-fledged features, or niche third-party apps.
Apparently, you should also be able to request genres of music, by uttering things like “Play indie pop”, but for me it always misheard what I said.
In addition to Google’s new Web Speech API, Talk Radio also taps The Echo Nest’s (see previous coverage) data-powered search function to arrive at the artist.
This isn’t the fist app to bring voice-search functionality to Rdio – we recently covered an iOS app called Vela Lite, which lets you search for music on Spotify and Rdio simply by saying a song, album or artist.
With the Talk Radio hack, however, this is more a show of technology and successfully demonstrates the all-new Chrome.
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