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SoundHound takes Shazam's pioneering song-recognition approach to a whole new level, letting you not only identify recorded songs, but also use your own vocal cords to generate a result. The ability to sing or hum a few bars of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" or Rihanna's "Rude Boy" and get a correct identification is pretty mind-blowing, and a testament to the power of SoundHound's inner workings.
What's that song? Sing a few lines and find out!
Moreover, SoundHound's interface offers quite a bit more content on iPad than Shazam, letting you read song lyrics, flip to artist and album pages, and often find dozens of similar artists. SoundHound also loads up several YouTube videos (both fan-made and official clips), includes a voice search feature, and can even auto-launch the Pandora online radio app to create a station built around a song. Plus, the chart listings offer up hundreds of hot tracks, most with free samples.
Individual song pages come with lyrics, YouTube clips, and much more.
It's an impressive set of features built around identifying and discovering new artists and songs, though the free version comes with an unfortunate caveat -- a limit of just five song IDs per month. But for $5, the premium release offers more than enough functionality for music junkies to find a spot for SoundHound in the home screen dock.
Recognizes your own vocals to generate a result. More content than Shazam.
Five song IDs per month with free version.