If a song scores a 7.00 or higher, its creator has a possible hit. Think of the technology as the artificial intelligence counterpart of Simon Cowell, except with more stats and less sarcasm.
So far HSS programming boasts an 80 percent success rate, classifying tracks such as Outkast's "Hey Ya!" and t.A.T.u.'s "All the Things She Said" as potential hits, according to a 2006 study from Harvard Business School. That compares to a 10 percent success rate for songs promoted by record companies as singles, according to the study.
Meredith said his technology can benefit both ends of the musical spectrum -- producers looking to tweak tracks for maximum appeal and struggling artists trying to decide which song to send out as a career-launching demo.
"uPlaya democratizes the music industry, so that no great song goes unheard again," Meredith said. "There are over 12 million artists on the Web, and uPlaya helps them to get discovered in a unique and patent-protected way."
That's certainly a cause Internet sensation Jonathan Coulton supports. Known for his blend of folk music and geek culture, the former programmer likes the idea of connecting musicians and fans, but he's a little concerned about its creative applications.