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SoundHound Vs Shazam

I decided to put SoundHound by SoundHound Inc., and Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Limited head to head to detirmine which one was the better song identifier.

SoundHound by SoundHound Inc.

Upon opening SoundHound I was impressed with how quickly it loaded. This is very important for people who are music buffs, like myself, and may have just caught the end of a song and want to know who it is by and the name. I played three different songs from three different genres, on high volume and low volume and was surprised to see that it identified each one quickly and with no problem. Next, I had my four year old son sing his favorite song, Rocking Robin by Bobby Day, and was amazed again at how quickly it recognized the lyrics and was able to give me a result.

SoundHound also has many features when it recognizes a song. This include being able to share it through twitter, Facebook, text message, and email. Other features SoundHound has is the ability to purchase the song through Amazon Mp3, bookmark the song, lyric display, YouTube search, similar artists, and song’s album appearance. Overall, I was greatly impressed with the performance that SoundHound gave me when it comes to music.

Shazam by Shazam Entertainment Limited

Upon opening Shazam I was a little upset to see that it took a little longer to open and also upon opening it has you press setup and does not take you straight to the song identifier. Also after pressing setup it took roughly 30 secs before being able to start identifying songs. Once I was able to get to identifying songs I put it to the same test as SoundHound with the same songs. Shazam did a good job identifying all the songs but only on a high volume. Also it took longer for the results. I once again had my son sing his song and was disappointed that Shazam could not identify it.

The features that Shazam offers is basically the same as SoundHound. The ability to share through Facebook, Twitter, email, and text message. Shazam also included the features of buying it from Amazon MP3, YouTube Video, and recommendations. Features that are included in Shazam and not in SoundHound are Tour Info, Biography, and Discography. Overall, I think that Shazam good be quicker and better at identifying songs.

The Winner

In my honest opinion, SoundHound is the winner when it comes to song identification. It was much better at recognizing both songs playing and songs being sung than Shazam. Also SoundHound was much quicker with the results. I believe that including features such as Tour Info, Biography, and Discography would make SoundHound a perfect app for identifying songs.