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Ever wondered where a sample in a song comes from, or what the original song sounds like? WhatSamples is an iOS app that identifies the song that is playing, and shows you all the songs that were sampled in, and sampled by that song.

The app lets you listen to the query song and the original sampled songs. It also lets you "follow the trail" of samples, and go from song to song to explore the world of music sampling.

We used the Gracenote fingerprinting SDK to identify the song, and retrieved the sample data from WhoSampled.com, and videos from YouTube.

  • Based on a pitch by Emily Gonneau of MIDEM
  • Built by Ching-Wei Chen, Matthias Rath (who didn't have time to register on HL) and Ben Baudart


Ching-Wei Chen