Yea… I cannot start off telling you all about recognition redefined without.. first giving you a story about how I came to learn of this amazing tool to battle all tools!
“Ooh! What’s that playing on the radio! Wow, let me see… (Pulls out iPhone4, loads up search and types in shaz – Select Shazam and select “Tag”) [listening… listening… listening…]
?!?!?WTF?!?!? I’m limited to 5 per tags per month?!? Okay fine.. sure that was a complete surprise, but I’ll download the pay version and finish tagging my song there.
HI IM SHAZAM AND EVEN IF YOU PAY YOU STILL GET ADS – JUST LIKE CLASSMATES.COM Seriously?! Yea, #fail multiplied by #fail equals me going to look for another solution. And it was then (that I complained about this on Twitter) that @jeffcoffee suggested I check out SoundHound!
Okay, let me first off set the disclaimer:
There is a ‘5 per month’ limit on the Free version of SoundHound as well, but I was already in the market for a new product which clearly was NOT Shazam.
So, I load up the app and I get splashed with this screen
First of all, let me just say. Whoa! I decide to click “Tap Here” and I proceed to sing the Beatles “The Yellow Submarine” (I did consider filming me doing that… for your sake, I didn’t ;))
Lo and behold shortly into the song, BAM! It recognized it from my very own (at this point out of tune voice) Wow! I should share this feat with someone shouldn’t I!? Ooh! Twitter and FB integration! Yea, that’s the cost of doing business though. But what if I don’t know the name of the song… all I can really remember is an artist…
With the ease of knowing ‘words’ I simply say a song name or an artist name by clicking on the “Title or Artist” section and bam! I’m presented with Michael Jackson!
And while it is very nice that they have the settings easy enough to configure inside of the Settings section… the following is something I tested (both from my iPhone and my iPad) Something I had wished Shazam could do.. but never did, and frankly I don’t care if they ever support it at this point!
Suppose the following situation exists: You’re listening to a song out of iTunes/iPod on your device, or even listening to something on Pandora! And you’re saying “Man, I wish I had the lyrics to that song, or knew what album it was off of, or other details” etc etc.. So you go and launch Shazam and immediately all sound CEASES to operate. WTF?!? That’s kind of dismissing!
I welcome you to this feature in SoundHound called “Now Playing!” Yes, this screen shot is from my iPad because it looks soooooo much cooler in that sense ;) But it works JUST as well on the iPhone (I guarantee :))
And the last thing I’d like to share from my playing with this, is the “What’s Hot” “UnderPlayed” and “Just found by Users” options. As you can see the iPad version looks a lot sweeter than the iPhone version… :)
And last but not least, I’d like to share some of the ‘highlights’ mentioned from their actual website which incase I missed any of this, you have it here! :)
|Free Version of SoundHound
Now Available for iOS and Android
Blazing fast music identification
Special on iPad:
Big, beautiful lyrics and music videos
Version 3.3.1 for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
Version 2.0.1 for Android
- SoundHound (free): 5 IDs per month
- SoundHound ?: unlimited
Oh, and let’s not ignore the one feature (which seemed to be overlooked in too many ways in the features…)
Instantly launch a Pandora Station!!!
Okay.. I think that is enough… I’ll let you tell me your favorite functions, features and otherwise. If you found this useful at all, and if you kick the ‘”Shazam” habit, let me know. If you’re from Shazam I’d love to hear your feedback as well. :)