SoundHound FTW

Shazam was the first iPhone app that I found extremely useful. I always kept a piece of paper and pen in my car for the times when I'd hear a song on the radio but couldn't identify it. Scribbling down a lyric or two at least allowed me to Google the song later.

Along came Shazam, an application that identified the song by simply "listening" to it. While it worked for most songs, it couldn't identify different versions of a song or acoustic songs.

Midomi was a competitor to Shazam that claimed to be able to identify a song if you sang into the iPhone or even hummed the notes. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to work, at least not for me.

I noticed that Midomi had been updated as SoundHound on my phone, and I tested it out. It identified all of the following songs as I sang them (10 second fragments is what it records).

Shimmer - Fuel
Careful - Guster (2 tries)
Falling - Ben Kweller
Bizarre Love Triangle - Stabbing Westward version
You and I Both - Jason Mraz
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Don't Stop Believin - Journey

SoundHound recognized all except one on the first try, and more importantly, it didn't miss a single one. My guess that it doesn't just recognize notes and pitch, but has some very basic word recognition programming.

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Did you try the "what's that song" button for figuring out what's on the radio in SoundHound vs Shazam. I found SoundHound to be at least 2 or 3 times faster on average. Also for lyrics I use the text search to find songs too.

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