SoundHound - Music Discovery & Hands-Free Player

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    SoundHound - Music Discovery & Hands-Free Player

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    Published: 2011-05-19, by Peter Warrior.

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

    • Amazing results
    • Free with ads
    • Lots of info provided


    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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    by Peter , Appszoom

    May 19, 2011


    Music Discovery, Identification, & Voice-Controlled player
    300M+ downloads, billions of songs discovered.

    Hey, what song is that? SoundHound 8 makes it simple to discover music playing around you. Whether you’re in the car or out and about, open the app, hit the big orange SoundHound button, let your phone listen for a few seconds, and we’ll tell you exactly what’s playing! Some folks have called it pure magic, and we tend to agree.

    Look! No Hands! SoundHound comes equipped with “OK Hound…”, an incredibly powerful way to interact with SoundHound through your voice. “OK Hound…” can help you navigate the app, discover new music and playback songs hands-free. Simply say ‘OK Hound...’ from any screen and say a command!
    Hey DJ, turn it up! Discovering new music is only half the fun of SoundHound. We’re music lovers too, so we’ve created an incredible experience for you to relive your discoveries with our music player. Connect your Spotify account to listen again, build playlists, explore music across genres, and find new favorites - all with real-time, karaoke-style lyrics through LiveLyrics. Don’t have a Spotify subscription? No sweat, we have you covered with our free, built-in YouTube player.
    This is your music journey. Every song you discover will be kept in your own personal history. Look up where you heard that song on your Music Map. Want to keep all your devices in sync? Be sure to register for a free SoundHound account!

    Still curious about SoundHound? Here’s everything you need to know!

    • Tap the SoundHound button in the app to discover music playing around you! We’ll let you know everything about the song including title, artist, album, and lyrics!
    • Have a song stuck in your head? Press the SoundHound button, sing or hum the tune and we’ll do the rest!
    • Keep track of all your discoveries in your own personal history
    • See the hottest new music across Genre, Global, and Popular charts
    • Find out what’s being played near you and around the world with our Music Map

    • Songs you discover can be played back for free via our built-in YouTube player
    • View lyrics when playing back a song from YouTube
    • SoundHound comes with ‘OK Hound…’, an incredibly fast and accurate way to find great music with your voice. Hound is built with natural language understanding, so speak like you would with a friend.
    • Simply say ‘OK Hound....’ from any screen or tap the microphone on the play page. Once you see the listening panel, you can follow up with commands including:

    App Navigation
    ‘OK me my discoveries’
    ‘OK Hound...Show me what I can say’
    Music Discovery
    ‘OK Hound...what’s that song?’
    Song Playback
    ‘OK Hound... Play Hello by Adele’
    Lyrics Search
    ‘OK Hound... Show me lyrics to Castle on the hill’
    Top Charts
    ‘OK Hound...Play today’s top songs’’
    Add to Spotify Playlist (registration required)
    ‘OK Hound...Add this song to my playlist’

    • Build personalized playlists through Spotify (SoundHound account and music subscription required)
    • Access Spotify playlists for a richer playback experience through SoundHound
    • View and interact with real-time, moving lyrics for your songs with LiveLyrics(r)
    • Keep all of your discoveries in sync across multiple devices

    • Share your music discoveries to Facebook, Twitter, messaging services and email!


    • Top 10 Must-Have iPhone Apps - Bob Tedeschi, NY Times
    • Best Music Engagement App - BILLBOARD Music App Awards
    • Essential iPad App - "Seriously fast" - John Herrman, Gizmodo
    • "Genius, isn't it?" - B.B.C. World Radio
    • "This is amazing... insane, right?" - David Pogue

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