Music-Based Wordle Clone Heardle Asks You To Name This Tune

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By Andy Malt | Posted on Monday, March 7, 2022

Right now, there are so many fake Wordle out there that you could make a full time job out of it. Admittedly, I’m not sure how you would manage to pay. Livestream the collapse of your mental state, perhaps. Anyway, we’re back on topic because there’s another musical version of the popular pun. Although this time with a twist. The twist being that it’s basically “Name That Tune”, but presented in a way that makes it sound like Wordle.

So welcome to Heardle, who once a day asks you to guess a song based on its intro. To get it the first time, you must enter the correct answer after hearing a single second of the song. Every time you mess up, you hear a little more. If you don’t manage to get it in six times (or sixteen seconds), bad luck, the game is over until tomorrow.

According to the app’s creators, “each Heardle is randomly selected from a list of the most-streamed songs over the past decade.” The music itself is apparently pulled from previews on SoundCloud Go, with a full 30 seconds of the track available to play once you enter a correct guess.

So, hey, here comes the moment I become a boring party animal in an otherwise frivolous story. Because while the creators of Heardle might think that pulling 30-second SoundCloud previews is completely fine and above the board — copyright-wise, I mean — it probably isn’t. not the case.

It’s unclear what licenses, if any, the game has, but the only reference to anything in this area is a line reading, “Much love (and all relevant copyrights) to all featured artists. It’s a bit like when someone writes “no copyright intended” in the description of an illegally uploaded track on YouTube assuming that covers them for all eventualities. Or even logic.

But, hey, it’s just kinda funny, maybe the music industry could turn a blind eye – the few hundred pounds they’re raising in donations probably aren’t worth chasing. Wait until the New York Times buys it for millions of dollars, at least.

Anyway, you can play it here.