Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application. This download may not be available in some countries.
Music-finding app SoundHound has changed names and pricing structures throughout the course of its modest lifetime, but its philosophy and core functionality remain unchanged. Unlike competitors that require you to hold the app close to the source of recorded music before it can ID your song title, lyrics, and artist information, SoundHound Infinity (the premium version) works even when you sing, hum, speak, or type a request into the stylish interface. Though the app is now faster than before--returning results in as few as 4 seconds--ambient noise may still interfere with accurate results, and typing usually prevailed in the rare case that singing into the speaker or holding the iPhone up to a music source failed.
There are music videos to watch, when available from YouTube, and song lyrics, either delivered right to you, or in the form of an in-app Google search. Trend charts show you how popular a song is vis a vis the publisher's online and mobile network, and you can see which songs other users have identified. Cleverly, SoundHound can also hook into your iPhone's iPod library and produce the same info and lyrics for songs you already own.
Take heed that SoundHound Infinity is no song downloader, though it can help you buy music through iTunes. The iPad version looks even better, keeping the song-finding features on the left while surfacing videos, titles, and other related information in the main panel on the right. SoundHound (the company) also offers a free version of the app that limits the number of times you can ID a song to five per month.
SoundHound is instant music search and discovery: The world's FASTEST music recognition: name tunes playing from a speaker in as little as four seconds The world's only viable singing and humming recognition LiveLyrics: see Lyrics in time with the music for over 1 Million tracks SoundHound Player: play your iTunes tracks with LiveLyrics and instantly link to artist info An included iPad app with beautiful, full-size lyrics and YouTube pages The ultimate SoundHound experience, ad-free with premium features including exclusive Recommended Songs! NEW: Real-time Facebook and Twitter Updates from Artists: tap a band's name to instantly see its latest social news! Reviews and Honors for SoundHound The #1 Top Paid iPad App of All Time- Apple App Store, Jan. 2011Top 10 Must-Have iPhone Apps-Bob Tedeschi, NY Times, Nov. 2010Best Music Engagement App- BILLBOARD Music App Awards, Oct. 2010Essential iPad App - "Seriously fast"-John Herrman, Gizmodo, April 2010"Genius, isn't it?"- B.B.C. World Radio"This is amazing... insane, right?"-David Pogue of the NY TimesAnd there's more: Listen on startup and geotagging options, Facebook and Twitter sharing and optional auto-sharing, previews, iTunes and Pandora links, full length YouTube videos, and your favorite artists' top songs, bios, and Wikipedia pages.Requirements and notes: SoundHound works on the iPhone, iPad, new iPod Touch, and second and third generation iPod touch (with an external microphone such as in Apple's iPhone headsets). Fast network connections, common on WiFi and 3G, allow SoundHound to produce the response times shown above.
What's new in this version:
New in version 4.5:+ Easier sharing to Facebook: sign in one time with one tap from the SoundHound welcome screen+ Easier listen on start: opt in after signing in to Facebook or use in-app Settings+ UI improvementsNew since SoundHound 4.0:+ Hi-resolution retina graphics for the new iPad+ LiveLyrics: lyrics scroll in time with music for your songs and IDs - and go landscape to see lyrics full screen+ Tappable LiveLyrics within the SoundHound music player (included)+ Tweets from artists and users+... See all new features »