Hound

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.5
  • Total Downloads:
    798
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 09, 2012
  • Price:
    Free; iTunes account required.
  • File Size:
    10.7MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Platform:
    iOS

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Editors' Review

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If you've ever used SoundHound (or its arch rival Shazam) chances are good you were holding your phone out to identify a catchy song whose name you didn't know. Now the company is introducing Hound, SoundHound's little sibling, but one with a slightly different identity.

Instead of helping name that tune, Hound for Android and iPhone prompts you to search for a song or artist with just the spoken word. Unlike SoundHound, the abbreviated Hound won't accept singing, humming, typing, or recorded sounds.

The results pull from SoundHound's music database, displaying album or artist art, a YouTube snippet, tour dates, an info page, a shortcut to the digital music store, and lyrics when they're available.

Like its big sib, Hound is a polished, slick-looking piece of software that offers a variety of useful information about songs and singers. We demoed it on both platforms, and for the most part, the app was fast, especially when fulfilling more-specific requests for an artist or song. The iPhone version delivers the extra benefit of hooking into the iPod music player, to plays those songs you may already own.

Since the app focuses on rapid, voice-driven music search, its uses are also more narrow. As a standalone app, it's functional and attractive but not as broadly applicable as the free SoundHound and premium SoundHound Infinity apps, both which go beyond this lighter app's functionality.

While Hound has its immediate uses, the app also lays the groundwork for SoundHound to step into other categories of voice search, which will bring it into more direct competition with companies like Google, Nuance, and possibly Vlingo. That's a smart move for SoundHound to expand from the algorithm-honed Sound2Sound database that powers these apps in the first place, to other implementations for its so far superior aural processing. Hound is a good start, but we're already looking forward to what comes next.

 
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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.5
- LiveLyrics (available in USA & Canada)- New, big Lyrics option in landscape mode- See artist and bands' latest Tweets and Facebook posts- AirPlay support- iOS 5 support- Speed enhancements- Bug fixes
General
Publisher SoundHound
Publisher web site http://www.soundhound.com/
Release Date May 26, 2011
Date Added February 09, 2012
Version 1.5
Category
Category Entertainment Software
Subcategory Music Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1 or later. iTunes account required
Download Information
File Size 10.7MB
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 798
Downloads Last Week 1
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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