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Which media search engine when?

Media and visual searching is becoming more popular, so I have split out the media based search engines into a separate page.

Image search engines

There are an enormous number of image search engines that are available to searchers, and this collection really is quite small. However, it's worth pointing out that there are various different types of images - photographs, icons, free images, clip art and so on. I've tried to point out which engines are best for what.

Behold Searching 1,040,000 high quality images from Flickr

Coverbrowser provides access to over 450,000 covers of books, comics 'and more'.

Everystock photo for free photographs

Fagan Finder lists several dozen good engines

Facesaerch for people, with scrolling results

FlickrStorm is another Flickr search engine.

Freefoto for free images, over 100,000 of them

Google Images has over 1 billion indexed

Iconarchive for 22,000 icons in 800+ sets

Iconfinder Search through 155,664 icons or browse 765 icon sets. Clear, simple, easy to use.

Incogna lets you find similar images

Macroglossa The idea is that you upload your image, it then checks it and works out what it is.

MorgueFile for free high resolution stock photography

Ookaboo Free Pictures of Everything on Earth. Nice although small (less than 600K of photographs) collection of free images

oSkope visual search thru Amazon, ebay, Flickr etc

Panoramio for local images

Phrasr is an interactive web-based application that uses Flickr images to illustrate the phrases that users submit.

PicSearch with 3 billion images

Pictures and box multi search engine for images

RevIMG allows you to upload an image and it will find others for you. Limited categories.

seeklogo. Looking for a logo? This'll help you find it. The database has over 200,000 images available for viewing and downloading.

Spezify provides a collage of images recently uploaded onto the net.

Tag Galaxy exciting, innovative interface

Terra Galleria new, limited resources

Tiltomo search by subject or colour. New and experimental

Tineye reverse image search engine

Vintage Ad browser of over 100,000 adverts

V like Vintage is an interactive photo community and photo library and image search engine for historical photos.

WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains almost 80,000 images,

Yahoo Search has over 1.5 billion images

Infographic search engines

Infographics are a good way of getting a message across really quickly; simply create an image and slot in your facts and figures to create something easy to use and very memorable.

ELeaning infographics for educational use

Infographiqs does what you expect

PaddyMogan Google custom search engine for infographics is a good resource

Sound search engines

Not so many of these engines around actually. Here's the few that I've found which are quite good.

FindSounds for sound effects and musical instruments

ML Macaulay Library for wildlife sounds

RadioTuna finds radio stations across the world for you

SoundClips offers a variety of sounds

SoundJax is semi autonomous sound search engine that indexes and renders waveforms, tags, and catalogues audio from the internet.

Soungle very good and lots of fun as well

TV opening themes

Moving image/video search engines

Plenty of these exist however, including some multi engines. It's also worth checking traditional search engines to see if they offer a tabbed Video search option - many do.

Blinkx TV video search

Break for entertaining videos

Clipblast "the world's largest video search directory"

CriticalPast Search over 57000 videos and 7 million photos.

Daily Motion is a YouTube lookalike

EHow for ‘how to’ videos

Find any film is a database of films that are available in the UK. It's supported and funded by the UK Film Council and is very impressive.

Google Video Search for recent television programmes

Metacafe is similar to YouTube

OVGuide for videos

ScienceHack for scientific videos

TeacherTube for safe, child friendly educational videos

Ted Talks for well.. Ted Talks really!

TellyAds for the bits between the shows

Truveo finds videos for you. That's what it does.

Veoh for TV shows, movies, anime and more.

VideoJug is a YouTune lookalike

Vimeo is a YouTube lookalike

Yahoo! Video Search  broad search

YouTube is the most well known of these services

12Vid for handpicked videos from YouTube