WhoSampled.com, the site that helps you add a whole new dimension to your enjoyment of music by letting you uncover the direct links between songs, is finally making the transition from your PC to your smartphone. Now you can access the site’s database using the WhoSampled iPhone app to figure out the origins of the samples in your favorite tracks no matter where you are.
The WhoSampled iPhone app does a good job of translating the most useful features from the site into a mobile application. You can easily locate all the samples, covers or remixes from the WhoSampled database that have a connection to any song in your playlist. You can even access the database for information on a song while you are still listening to it. If you find a new favorite song while tracking down the origins and influences of your music, you can add the new song to your favorites list.
It’s never been so easy to settle a bet or become the most knowledgeable music expert in the club. The new app even lets you examine two tracks at the same time. You can access samples online so you can hear them for yourself and even lets you jump right to the part of the song you are interested in. You get data about the sample itself, including information on the original track and other songs that have sampled it as well as information on exactly where to find the sample in the track and which portion of the original cut was sampled.
WhoSampled gives you access to a mind-boggling number of tracks by a variety of artists; the site boasts a database that contains close to 150,000 songs from more than 50,000 different artists. The WebSampled app gives you access to the same database as account holders, even if you don’t have an account. If you find an example that’s been left out, you can help add it to the database by registering at the website, WhoSampled.com.
At this point, you can only use the app on devices that run iOS 4.2 or higher. WhoSampled has stated that if the app takes off they have plans to develop an Android app in the future. Right now, the makers are still focusing on letting people know the app is available, and the price reflects that. For the time being, at least, you can get it for $3.15.