To my horror, it isn't.
A quick Google Search (irony?) reveals that this is in fact, legit. Microsoft has created a program that allows you to sing a tune into your computer, and Songsmith will automatically generate an early 90s midi style accompaniment. While I applaud the technology, which must involve some fairly robust pattern recognition, pitch approximation and auto-accompaniment capabilities, I wonder who the intended audience is.
- Is this is meant for the Wii/Guitar Hero crowd, who is looking for simple, intuitive access to rich experiences?
- Is this a free sample of what will become a far more robust home-musician offering from Microsoft?
- Or is this a free giveaway of a simple tool, intended only for branding purposes (with minimal thought to utility)?