Browsing the Android market yesterday I came across SoundHound, a music ID service similar to Shazam but with a difference, it will identify you humming or singing a song as well as recorded music. So I thought I’d give it a try, compare it to Shazam and share my thoughts.
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Visually I prefer SoundHound until it comes to the history page, where Shazam’s use of album art wins. With regards to the overall functionality of the app again I prefer SoundHound, the ‘eye candy’ whilst listening to a track is far nicer than that of Shazam, showing the feedback from the mic as it listens.
SoundHound also offers the ability to share the track you have just found via email or Twitter, a function not found in Shazam. It also offers the option to tag a track that you hum or sing, which amazingly worked as I casually sang ‘Angels’ by Robbie Williams at my Nexus One.
Both Apps carry ads to support them, but with SoundHound you only get 5 tags per month (sharing tracks to Twitter will get you an extra 3) at which point it will cost £3.38 ($4.99) to upgrade to the premium version which will allow unlimited tags and will be ad free. Shazam on the other hand gives you unlimited tags (AFAIK) and there is no option to upgrade and remove the ads.
I am typically a low user so 5 tags will be enough for me, but a one off cost of £3.38 isn’t too bad if it will recognise tracks in my head….
SoundHound wins overall for me….
SoundHound over Shazam:
- visually pleasing UI
- Tag share via email or Twitter
- Lyrics displayed
- Hum, sing, speak or type a song
- limited tags
In a conversation between @Mechanical_Mind, @Burgaz and myself on Twitter Wednesday evening, @Mechanical_Mind was asking what I will do about Twitter when the World Cup is on as he knows I detest football, my answer was easy, global filtering on TweetDeck will come to my rescue.
‘but what about when you are on the Nexus??’ he asked, again I replied TweetDeck,
‘How he asked?’
this lead to some quick thinking by myself, I had read here that it was coming shortly so I bluffed saying I had it on my Nexus One…..
Then @Mechanical_Mind wanted proof so I posted this image to satisfy him…..
But to simply show the home screen icon wasn’t enough to satisfy @Burgaz‘s needs, ( he is Welsh after all..) he asked for proof of the app running with his post shown within……
So a few minutes later I came up with the following image using photoshop and a screenshot from the iPhone running TweetDeck…..
This satisfied everybody immediately that I was running TweetDeck on my Nexus One…..
BUT….. Unbeknownst to myself, the images had been spotted by a French Blogger and the above images are doing the rounds in France, Spain, Germany and Italy! sorry guys!