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If you're having trouble naming that tune, just fire up SoundHound to speak, sing, hum, type, or record a song for the music-identification service to identify. It will return a song, complete with YouTube links, lyrics (when available), a list of albums on which the song has appeared, and even a link to purchase the song through Amazon. But more than just a song-identifier, SoundHound also shows you tons of information on the artist, including a bio and feeds from the artist's Facebook and Twitter accounts. It lets you bookmark tracks, and shows you lists of similar artists, so you can use the app to discover new music. Also, SoundHound also offers a trend listing where you can see songs other users have identified, most tweeted songs, and hottest songs at the moment. And of course, any track you access can be shared with friends via Twitter, Facebook, Gmail, and more.
While previously SoundHound capped its sung, hummed, or recorded song IDs to five per month, it has recently lifted the limitation. Now, even free users get unlimited IDs, while paid SoundHound Infinity users get a superconvenient home-screen widget and an ad-free experience.
One thing I think SoundHound for Android is missing is the "Listen on Start" option available to iOS users. As it is now, you still have to hit the Orange button to begin the ID process, which can be frustrating when you're trying to quickly identify a song before it stops playing. Of course, the Home-screen widget available to paid users does help in these circumstances.
Take heed that SoundHound (like rival Shazam) isn't a music downloader nor a streaming music app a-la-Pandora and the rest of that crowd. But it will identify as many songs as you throw at it, and then some.SoundHound for Android and iPhone:
Unlimited music recognition! With the world's fastest music recognition and exclusive singing search, SoundHound is instant music search and discovery. Reviews and Honors for SoundHound Your top 10 Android Apps - "I love this app unique in its class.-Jessica Dolcourt, CNET, July 2011The Best Android Apps Theres no limit.-John Herrman, Gizmodo, April 2010Top 10 Must-Have Android Apps-Bob Tedeschi, NY Times, November 2010Best Music Engagement App - BILLBOARD Music App Awards, October 2010 "Genius, isn't it?" - B.B.C. World Radio "This is amazing... insane, right?" -David Pogue of the NY Times SoundHound includes: 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 Song Previews Lyrics LiveLyrics (in the U.S. and Canada): see Lyrics in time with the music for music recognition! Music Videos Share to Facebook and Twitter instantly Home screen widget allows you to identify music without launching the app Geo-tagging, buy links, and more...Note: Location is used to store where songs were discovered. It can be disabled from the Options menu.Tags: Sound Hound Music Sing Song ID TagRecent changes:v 2.8.41. Home screen shortcut now available for fast access to music search.2. Long press the search button to launch SoundHound3. Added new and updated translations for German, Spanish, French, Italian, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and many more.4. Some code and graphics optimizationsAs usual, if you are having trouble, please don't hesitate to contact our awesome customer support!Content rating: Medium Maturity
What's new in this version:
- LiveLyrics for full track streams; double tap your favorite lyrics to hear them or use the new seek bar
- Support for additional layouts and landscape modes With SoundHound 5.0, music search & discovery is fast, easy, and beautiful
- SoundHound's famously fast music recognition now even faster
- Big, beautiful album art and hi-res artist photos
- New home screen featuring recommended content and top tracks
- Even more LiveLyrics scrolling in time with music
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"Spectacular (Free Version)"
Version: SoundHound 5.1.1
Fast, accurate, capable
None yet that I have found
This is amazing. You would never lose on 'Name That Tune' with this guy. It worked on 1928 Carter Family music and mid '70's Fusion Jazz. I don't know much about music post 1980 so this helps me learn who do that voodoo if I happen to like a song. Phenomenal.
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