When you’re listening to a great song and want to know what it is, which app do you turn to? For many, it’s Shazam. However, there’s another up-and-coming app that’s available universally and seems to work just as well, which is SoundHound.
Both apps work slightly differently and have a different set of tools available to you when you’re not looking for a particular tune. However, most people already know about Shazam. So, we’re going to tell you all about SoundHound. You’re sure to love it!
Grab SoundHound for Android on the Google Play Store here. Installation will probably take at least 10MB, but it can be moved to your SD card. From here, it’s ready to go as long as you have an internet connection. SoundHound relies on having access to its online database of music information in order to match the song you’re listening to.
Getting Started With SoundHound
SoundHound really does make it very easy for you. When you start the application, you’ll see a big orange button on the first screen. When you press this button it will listen to any music playing within earshot of your phone, then after a few seconds it will try to identify it for you.
For best results, stand close to the source of the music and try not to let any other sounds interfere with the music, such as talking nearby. The more clearly SoundHound can hear the music, the closer it will be to finding the song for you.
Results will show you the name of the song, the album it’s from, album art and links to purchase the track from iTunes. You may also see YouTube clips of this song.
To make things even better, premium Spotify customers can open up this song directly in Spotify. If you love Spotify, this will surely please you.
What Music Can You Find?
SoundHound will compare the sounds it hears with a huge database of pop songs, jazz and classical music. It also doesn’t matter if you’re listening to the radio or merely humming the tune stuck in your head. SoundHound will try its best to match it to a song for you.
SoundHound will also keep track of artists you have liked and will let you know of any free song streams and artists you may also like. This should help you discover more new music.
Using LiveLyrics, SoundHound will let you view moving lyrics to a song. While you’re listening, the lyrics will scroll with the music. As any other music you store on your phone can also be played in SoundHound, you can use LiveLyrics to view the lyrics to those tracks too.
If you want to follow your favorite artists, SoundHound will give you updates from their Facebook and Twitter feeds. You can also easily share things you like with Facebook or Twitter friends.
Comparison Of SoundHound and Shazam
Shazam has been around longer and has made a huge impact on the market, but SoundHound has some great features which are all available for free. In SoundHound, you can enable time-saving tools like listen-on-startup, shake-to-search, and auto-sharing to Facebook or Twitter. You also get to see the album art automatically wherever possible, which makes SoundHound look fantastic. In terms of finding tracks, both apps have their strengths and weaknesses. It’s well worth checking out SoundHound even if you’ve been a loyal Shazam fan for a long time. For a more thorough comparison, read Shazam vs. SoundHound: Looking For The Perfect Song Identifier.
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Which do you prefer? SoundHound or Shazam?