22 Videos And Music Search


  • Be sure to check the lecture page, 22-Videos and music search, about the remaining dates of class. Remember that the last day of class is when your term project will be pretty much done and will be presented in class.
  • The next class (Monday) is when the Google guest speaker will be there. PLEASE ATTEND! It promises to be one of the best classes of the semester :)
    • Please don't use computers during Monday's class.

Industry Update

An Explanation of 'Academics'

Post Undergrad Tracks:

Undergrad ->Masters -> Industry
Undergrad -> PhD -> Academics

If you decide to pursue a PhD, there are two different academic tracks:

  • Tenure Track
    • PhD -> Assist Prof (0-7 yrs) -> Associate Professor (Tenure—2-50 yrs) -> Full Professor
  • Non Tenure-track no research
    • Adjunnets
    • Visitors Associated with another entity
    • Clinical long term commitment, typically retired professionals

Our Professor, Scott Moore, is an associate Professor and is currently working on research related to auctions and posted price.

Lecture: Video and Music Search

Video Related Searches

Video search

Here are the video search tools we tried out. (YouTube is the only one that lets you upload videos.)

  1. Google Video
  2. YouTube
  3. Truveo
  4. Blinkx

Even though these are ranked by popularity (see Top Ten Most Popular Video Sites (about.com)), definitely spend some time with the videos tools besides YouTube. I actually found Youtube to be the least helpful compared with the others for my research.


Podcast searches are generally less popular search tools. These are all niche-market sites that may have business or news that may or may not be useful to you.

  1. Pod-o-matic
  2. VideoSurf -> Be sure to read this article for videosurf
  3. Podcast Directory -> look at their search tool
  4. Podcast Alley
  5. Everyzing ->Make sure to look at their business podcasts
  6. iBizRadio
  7. Podcast Blaster ->check out their directory directory
  8. Podanza ->check out their business podcasts
  9. GetAPodcast

These two are ones that you would have heard of and are designed for general needs:

  1. Google
  2. iTunes

Again, these were ranked on popularity. But it really is worth your while to go through all of them because you would be surprised to find what would be most useful for your project.

Original Content Sites

Veoh, Hulu, Vuze (look at this review) Crackle, and Mevio are sites that focus on entertainment. You would find TV episodes, short films, satires, and creative projects at sites like these.

Music Related Searches

These searches may be slightly less relevant for your project, but will still be very fun.

Music Searches

These are general ways to going about finding music.
Firstly, you can use a general search engine, such as Google, and add [music:] before music related queries. Check out this article from class about searching for music for more details. Then, you can use "advanced options" within YouTube to serach for music. Here is another article about More advanced search options for YouTube to read if you prefer YouTube. Then there are some slightly less popular ways:
Yahoo Audio Search (click on "options" to be able to filter -> read this article for help), Altavista Audio Search and SkreemR. These are listed in order of popularity, which you are probably aware is not the strongest indicator of precision.

Searching Music Providers

These are sites that you can actually download music from (legally)
General Music Providers:

  1. iTunes
  2. Last.FM -> Read this article for about Last.FM: (review)
  3. Rhapsody

Niche Market Music Providers:

GarageBand ( Here is a review), Sideload,
Jogli (Here is a review), PureVolume (more Indie/Alternative) and
Pandora. Again, check them all out to see if these would would interest you. They might greatly diversify your music selection. I personally rely exclusively on iTunes and sometimes feel very limited. I am excited that there are more options out there than I realized.

Music blogs

These can be a great way to learn about new music that you are interested in without relying on your friends.

You can use The Hype Machine, which actually follows music blog discussions of general interest. Of you can search for specific blogs of your interest through blog search engines. Try Google Blog Search, Bloglines, Technorati, or Yahoo. As we have learned in class: virtually no blog search engines will return the same results. Therefore, the only way to find what you really are looking for is to use multiple blog search tools.


After looking at Podcasts and Video searches, be sure to do the exercises. These are basically you ranking the sites based on what worked the best for you and your personal research. Note: the exercises do not rely dig into the Music-related search tools. This doesn't mean that they are not worth trying :)

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