Frequently Asked Questions
About midomi
What is midomi?
midomi is the ultimate music search tool because it is powered by your voice. Sing, hum, or whistle to instantly find your favorite music and connect with a community that shares your musical interests. Give it a try. It's truly amazing!
Our mission is to build the most comprehensive database of searchable music. You can contribute to the database by singing in midomi's online recording studio in any language or genre. The next time anyone searches for a song, your performance might be the top result!
At midomi you can create your own profile, sing your favorite songs and share them with your friends and get discovered by other midomi users. You can listen to and rate other users' musical performances, see their pictures, send them messages, buy original music, and more.
midomi features an extensive digital music store with a growing collection of more than two million legal music tracks. You can listen to samples of original recordings, buy the full studio versions directly from midomi, and play them on your Windows computer or compatible music players.
I've heard that midomi users can contribute to creating the most comprehensive database of musical themes. Can you explain?
The music recognition technology used by midomi incorporates the recordings submitted by its users to enhance the quality of its search. This means that when you perform a song through midomi's online recording studio, that recording gets added to midomi's database of themes, and the next time someone uses midomi's music search through singing, humming, or whistling, your voice can be a search result!
Why is this useful? If you cannot find a song you are looking for by singing, humming, or whistling, you can add the song to our database within minutes. Simply go to the recording studio and sing the song in any language. This way you help others find that song by singing, humming, or whistling.
How does the search technology work?
midomi uses the MARS technology. MARS stands for Multimodal Adaptive Recognition System. This unique technology is the only way to match human voice to human voice by matching multiple features and without any manual intermediate indexing. MARS is the future of search and one day will enable us to simply talk to our computers.
Who is midomi for?
midomi is for anyone who loves music whether you are a singer, listener or are interested in interacting with other people. However, THE MIDOMI SERVICE IS NOT FOR PERSONS UNDER THE AGE OF 13. If you are under 13 years of age, then please do not use the midomi service.
How do I sign up?
It is simple to have your own presence on midomi. All you need is an email address. Once you have registered you are ready to go. Upload your picture, write a little about yourself, and listen to and rate singing performances. Then plug in your microphone and search for or record your favorite songs.
Do I need any special software to use midomi?
No, you just need a computer and a microphone. Once you have signed up you are all set to experience and discover new voices and people. Some features of the site such as the voice search and play interface use the free Macromedia Flash plugin which is installed on most browsers. You can download the plugin here if you do not have it.
What are the minimum system requirements?
1. Macromedia Flash Player 7.0+ plug-in
2. Windows 2000 or higher with latest updates installed
3. Mac OS X 10.3 or higher
4. Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 5.5+, or Safari 1.0+
5. Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps
How much does it cost to use midomi?
There is no cost to be a part of the midomi community.
Do I have to have a microphone?
Only to search by singing, humming, or whistling, or to record in midomi's recording studio. If you do not want to sing, you can log in, listen to others, and rate their performances. You can discover new music and buy it online.
For a limited time, you may request for a free microphone to be sent to you by sending an email to [email protected]. This offer is valid only while supplies last, and each request will be approved or rejected at our sole discretion.
What makes midomi different from other social networking sites?
We are humanizing social networking through voice. On midomi the human voice is getting people connected. We are a social network where you can experience and discover people that you like and experience and discover music that you like.
Is midomi legal?
Yes. We are licensed to sell downloadable music and stream user-generated music.
Is midomi a contest site?
No, there is no contest. midomi is a site for people who like music and who like to sing. The rating mechanism is just for fun and to help bring people together. You can see how good a judge you are when you rate member performances along with other members of the midomi community.
Can I be a member of midomi and not submit a song?
Yes, you can create a profile, search for music, listen to other users' voices, rate their performances, and buy music.
How can I find if my friends are already on midomi?
If you know your friend's username you can search for their profile using the midomi search feature. Otherwise, you can scroll through recent recordings to look for them. If your friends are not currently members of midomi please invite them to join by clicking the invite link in the upper-right corner of the site.
How do I sing a song?
Click My Studio, browse or search for the song you want to sing, plug in your microphone and go!
Do I have to be a good singer?
No, midomi is a site for people who love to sing, no matter what your voice sounds like.
I do not have a microphone - what do I do?
You can still listen to other midomi singers, connect with them and rate their performances. However, you will not be able to sing or use the voice search without a microphone.
I have a microphone but it doesn't seem to work. How can I fix this?
Make sure it is plugged in to the correct jack (the jack is often pink or has an icon for a microphone), make sure the on/off switch (if there is one) is set to ON, check the volume on the microphone, and check the sensitivity of the microphone. If the problem persists, send an email to [email protected].
Why is there no karaoke-type backing music track?
At midomi we believe people's voices humanize online social networking. We are not a karaoke site; midomi gives power to the voice, unmasked by instruments.
How many songs can I submit?
You can sing as many songs as you want to; the more you sing the more people will hear and rate your singing.
What if the song I want to sing is not in the midomi library?
You can add the song to the library by typing the title, artist and genre of the song. We welcome new music and new voices.
When I sing I keep getting an alert saying I am singing too loud. Why is this?
This alert often comes up because the record bar is set too loudly. Try adjusting the volume on the record bar. Also, you can increase the distance between you and the microphone. Remember you can also record multiple trials of a song before picking one to submit until you get it just right.
How can I send a song I recorded to friends?
On the midomi player there is a share link you can use to enter a friend's email address and send them a midomi recording.
Can I send a song I recorded to friends that are not members of midomi?
Yes, you can send a recording to anyone.
Can I delete a song I recorded?
Yes, simply go to your homepage, click the recordings tab, find the song and click delete.
What are the ratings used for?
The midomi ratings are created by our members and are a fun way to foster communication between our members. They are also used to recommend other songs and singers you may want to listen to.
Are users free to write what they want about my recordings?
Yes, users can write comments about the recordings you submit. If someone writes a comment in breach of our code of conduct please contact [email protected] and it will be reviewed. It is in midomi's discretion to decide whether to remove any comments.
How can I get better rating for my performances?
Ratings are produced by the midomi members. For better ratings, we suggest recording multiple trials of a song and choosing the best one before submitting it.
Can I delete a comment I posted?
No, please review your comments before submitting them. If you feel there is a problem please contact [email protected] and we will review it. It is in midomi's discretion to decide whether remove any comments.
My Profile / Account
How do I control what others can see about me?
There are privacy options in your profile settings. You can make various parts of your profile public or private, meaning that you can control what others can see on your profile. Go to account settings to find these options.
How do I change my email address, password, or other personal information?
I think someone compromised my account and I cannot log in, what can I do?
First reset your password using the forgot password link. If you believe that your password has been compromised then please contact [email protected].
I forgot my password, how do I get another one?
Click the forgot password link to create a new one.
How can I stop receiving notification emails?
How do I cancel my account?
There is no cost to use the midomi service. However, if you would like to close your midomi account, please login and click on the little arrow beside your user name on the top right of the page. In the menu that shows up, click on the Feedback link. In that box, enter "I want to close my midomi account" and click submit. This will allow us to verify you as the account holder and your account will generally be closed within 24 hours.
Is my information secure?
At midomi we value the privacy of our customers, users, members, and others who use the site. We take every step to ensure any information published by you on your midomi homepage is protected. For a comprehensive overview of our privacy policy please read our Privacy Notice.
Can anyone see my profile?
Only the information that you make available via your account will be available to others.
Can I set my profile to private?
Yes, you can choose to make your information private.
How do I set my privacy settings?
Go to your homepage and click Edit Profile and Settings. You can make various parts of your profile public or private, meaning that you can control what others can see on your profile.
How do I report abuse?
Email [email protected] and report any problems you are having with the site. If someone is recording inappropriate lyrics or gibberish, the wrong song or artist, or corrupt data there is a link on the player called Flag. Click that link to let us know and we will review it and take appropriate action.
Someone is bugging/harassing/threatening me - what do I do?
Email [email protected] to report any issues. We will investigate the situation and take appropriate action.
Can I block a fan?
Not currently. If someone is harassing you please contact [email protected] and we will investigate the situation.
How do I advertise on midomi?
Contact Us
Who can I contact for press inquiries?
Any press inquiries should be sent to [email protected].
I have an idea for midomi; how can I share it with you?
Please contact [email protected].
I've read all these questions, but I have one more!
Please contact [email protected].
Want to know how to update your Artist/Band info on
Please note that we receive our artist info from All Music Guide (AMG). To make any corrections, please send your requests directly to AMG by visiting
If you would like to add your music to the midomi database for Grab searches, you can send CDs or MP3s to:
SoundHound Inc.
c/o Music Department
3979 Freedom Circle, Suite 400
Santa Clara, CA 95054
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