Glossary of Terms


Below are a list of terms and their definitions used by Audible Magic.

Audible Magic Metadata File (AMXML) - An XML file that holds information about a content supplier's work and is stored on Audible Magic's internal systems. This is used in conjunction with registering content to Audible Magic with use of AMSigGen. 

Audible Magic Receipt File (AMReceipt) - An XML file that details the result of a registration attempt by a content supplier utilizing AMSigGen and their Audible Magic (S)FTP location. These details can vary from "Error", "Warning", or "OK".   

Audible Magic Signature Generator (AMSigGen) - Audible Magic's command line utility that generates fingerprint files and associated manifest files from media files that are stored on a content supplier's local computer.

Audible Magic Software Developer Kit (SDK) - Audible Magic's command line utility that is used to lookup a local media file against Audible Magic's reference databases.

Business Rules - Rules that can be assigned to a content supplier's work based on the platform which details the amount of access granted to the public. More information can be found here:

Content Registration Agreement (CRA) - Legal binding agreement between Audible Magic and a content supplier, which allows the content supplier access to AMSigGen and its documentation. 

Content Registration Bundle - A RAR file that contains all necessary information and utilities to create and register fingerprints and the associated files to Audible Magic.

Content Supplier Registration Portal (CSRP) - Audible Magic's online content registration portal, where content suppliers can register their content directly with Audible Magic for free and without the use of the AMSigGen software. Link to the Content Supplier Registration Portal located here:

DDEX - Industry standard for submitting XML formatted metadata. Additional Info: 

False Negative - An incorrect identification, where the ID Response does not report a match on a work that has been registered.

False Positive - An incorrect identification, where the ID Response reports a positive match, but identifies unknown file incorrectly. 

FFMPEG - "A complete, cross-platform solution to record, convert and stream audio and video." Used by Audible Magic to handle multiple different audio and video codecs. Find more information here:

File Transfer Protocol (FTP) - A standard network protocol used to transfer computer files from a server to a client. This protocol and SFTP are the main protocols that are used when transferring files to Audible Magic's registration servers in conjunction with AMSigGen.   

Fingerprint File (.mfcc) - A unique file that is generated from a content supplier's work based on the audio stream. This file is produced through Audible Magic's AMSigGen.

ID Request - Used in conjunction with the SDK, is the lookup request for a local unknown media file to Audible Magic internal servers that is sent over HTTP. An ID Response will follow depicting whether the unknown media file was a match or not.

ID Response - Used in conjunction with the SDK, is the lookup response from Audible Magic's internal systems as to whether the local unknown media file matches with any registered content. An ID Request must be sent first in order to receive an ID Response.

International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) - An international standard code for uniquely identifying sound recordings and music video recordings. You can find more information here:

List of HTTP Error Codes:

List of Libcurl Errors

Lookup - Used in conjunction with the SDK, where part of the unknown file's audio stream is tested against Audible Magic reference database to see if it matches with anything that has been reigstered.

Type 3s Lookup - A lookup type that assumes the beginning of the unknown file matches at least the first 30 consecutive seconds of the master recording, and that the two recordings are offset from each other by no more than 2 seconds.

Type 3 Lookup - A lookup type where the unknown file is shorter than master recording, but will identify any 30 second clip of a master recording contained in the unknown file.

Type 4 Lookup - A lookup type that will discover if any 21 second portion of any master recording is present within an unknown file. This approach is used when the application must detect the presence of even very small portions of any registered master recording.

Metadata - Information or data about a content supplier's work. This is used in conjunction with AMSigGen when registering content. This is also the information that is returned on an ID Response if there is a match. 

Public Key (.pub) & Private Key (.ppk) - Used in conjunction with asymmetric cryptography, these keys allow for secure access to Audible Magic's (S)FTP location when registering content with fingerprint files and additional associated files. Find out how to generate these files here:

Reference File - Master fingerprint file of a work that is registered with Audible Magic by a content supplier. 

Teaming Up With Audible Magic - Documentation and manual for the use of Audible Magic's fingerprinting software, AMSigGen.

Test License Agreement (TLA) - An contractual agreement between Audible Magic and a software developer that allows for access to the trial version of the SDK.

Three Letter Client Code (TLCC) - A three letter unique identifier that differentiates content suppliers from one another within Audible Magic's systems.

Unknown File - Ether a media file or fingerprint file that is being looked up on Audible Magic's database systems to see it matches a reference file. Used in conjunction with Audible Magic's SDK.

Extensible Markup Language (XML) - Human readable markup language that is used to hold information or data. Used in information transfer between computer systems.

XML Schema - An XSD file that is used as a template for creating XML files. Used in conjunction with AMSigGen when creating metadata files.

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