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Reviewed by / May 19, 2011

SoundHound recognizes the song that’s playing or the song you're humming.

This is not the first application that attempts to recognize songs that are playing. But it’s the first to get it right- and fast. A few seconds are enough to give you the all the information you need: album, lyrics, artist, etc. etc…

We tested it with a song by a well-known Finnish group, moving the phone closer to the speaker. Four seconds later we had the song's name, group, album, year and lyrics. Then we decided to increase the difficulty, humming a song to the phone instead. We chose "When the saints go marchin' in". Admittedly, we had to try it twice because everybody was laughing, but in the end SoundHound decided that it was Louis Armstrong that was being (badly) hum-um-um-ed.

You can also check a title or band name by making voice searches and read biographies. If you want, your location can be saved along with your request, so you can remember exactly where you heard this or that song. Finally, you can redefine the controls to start recording by pressing a hardware button instead of tapping the screen.

This free version has some ads but unlimited use and the results have been very satisfactory. It’s become an instant must-have.

This app was featured in one of our videoreviews. Watch it here.

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Developer's original description available here
SoundHound recognizes music playing around you. Tap the SoundHound button to instantly identify songs and see lyrics, share, buy or explore more from artists you know and love or have just discovered.

You can even search for by singing or humming into SoundHound. SoundHound is the only App in the world that can give you results through singing and humming search!

Other Amazing Features:
◦ Blazing fast music recognition
◦ The world's only singing and humming recognition
◦ LiveLyrics: see lyrics move in time with the music
◦ SoundHound Headlines: brings you free song streams, new artists, and more
◦ Beautifully optimized for tablets
◦ Real-time Facebook and Twitter updates from your favorite artists
◦ Facebook and Twitter sharing, listen-on-startup, and geotagging
◦ Buy links, YouTube videos, artist biographies, and much more

✧ Thank you to our 200 million+ fans and loyal users for making SoundHound a must-have App! ✧

★ Reviews and Honors for SoundHound ★
◦ Top 10 Must-Have Android Apps - Bob Tedeschi, NY Times
◦ Best Music Engagement App - BILLBOARD Music App Awards
◦ Your top 10 Android Apps - "I love this app... unique in its class." - Jessica Dolcourt, CNET
◦ The Best Android Apps - "There's no limit." - John Herrman, Gizmodo
◦ "Genius, isn't it?" - B.B.C. World Radio
◦ "This is amazing... insane, right?" - David Pogue of the NY Times

Note: Location is used to store where songs were discovered. It can be disabled from the Options menu.

Explanation of requested permissions:
Used to record audio for both music and voice search.

Used to ensure optimal audio recording settings.

Used to enhance search results and remember where a search took place, which is displayed through History. This can be disabled in app settings.

Used to communicate with servers for search results and other content.

Used to mute SoundHound audio when receiving phone calls.

Used to cache data.

Used to notify when search results are ready.

Used to allow usage through WI-FI.

Used to detect when internet access is available.

Used for displaying searches on a map

Tags: Sound Hound Music Sing Song ID Tag

Recently changed in this version

What's new in 6.2:

New: Now you can add songs to an Rdio playlist from SoundHound. Connect to Rdio and your future discoveries will automatically be added.

New: Save your search for later to either try again or play back for a friend.

Even faster search: Get results in as little as a second!

Pro Tip: Sign up for a SoundHound account so your search history is never lost.

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Comments and ratings for SoundHound
  • (69)

    by sammysam400_2770641 on 04/02/2013

    I like the app, it works well with my Samsung Galaxy SII, however some songs do not get recognised on the Soundhound.

  • (69)

    by awebster118 on 12/09/2012


  • (69)

    by GoofBall80 on 03/04/2012

    WHAT THE HECK?! It's a great system.....if the phone can find it in the databanks! I got told it could not be found!!

  • (69)

    by Firoz Sharu on 25/08/2014

    What a surprise. waching radio more time some time am like song then am search in you tube but cnt get many tume but this application get then am very happy so very easy get if a song ..mi like this application

  • (69)

    by Raven Glenn on 25/08/2014

    My favorite

  • (69)

    by Tarek Amer on 25/08/2014

    You can search any song you accidently listen to while shopping, walking ...etc and get amazingly accurate result !

  • (69)

    by ujjwal srivastava on 25/08/2014

    Music more