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Soundhound To Be Pre-Installed On Select Android Devices

Soundhound and Acer have entered into a partnership that will result in SoundHound’s music discovery application coming pre-installed in future Acer Android devices.

Acer manufactures both smartphones and tablets running the Android operating system. In the US Acer has had a much larger presence in the tablet space. Their flagship A500 Honeycomb tablet was a big hit in box box retailers with it’s thin form factor and sturdy design.

The A500 had many of the same specs found on other 10.1″ Android tablets including a 10.1″ screen, and a dual core 1ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.  Acer has also released the A100 with the same processor specs as the backbone in a 7″ frame.

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Shazam Adds More Functionality To Android App & Unlimited Shazaming Through 2011

The immensely popular discovery and tagging app Shazam has some great news. The first part of that news is that they are now giving you unlimited Shazaming through the end of 2011. Previously, you were limited to a handful of Shazam lookups every month unless you had the premium version.

Shazam has partnered with online giant Ebay to bring Shazamers across the globe unlimited Shazaming through 2011.  Steve Yankovich, Vice President of eBay Mobile said, “Like eBay, Shazam connects consumers with the content, products and information they want.  We are excited to sponsor Shazam’s Android App offering millions of consumers the chance to do even more of what they love, while expanding their ability to Shazam and share the music they’re most passionate about.”

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XDA Leaks One Helluva Music Player, By Motorola!

We’re not sure if the actual original source of this new Motorola music player is the Droid Bionic, The Motorola Atrix or something else but whatever it is, its the MOST feature packed music player we’ve seen to date.

XDA member Phoezies, originally posted the player on Sunday however it looks like Motorola has already got their legal claws into Phoezies as Phoezies’ original message now says

Admin note: attachment deleted. Motorola has reported this as a violation of software copyright. Please refrain from reposting this piece of software. Thanks for your cooperation.

But let’s get onto the player (the great folks at XDA have posted another link to the apk)

The Motorola Music Player 1.0.179 seems to work on most Android devices. It can play and stream music from a variety of sources. Of course it plays music from stored files, but it also has an FM Radio (if your hardware permits), a shoutcast feature to listen to internet radio stations, and even Youtube music video search.

You can download the missing album art from your music collection by clicking on a missing songs graphic icon.

Tunewiki intergration will give you quick access to the lyrics of songs your listening too and see who else is listening to it.  Theres also Soundhound (Shazams biggest competitor) that will listen to a song, tell you what it is and either tag it or download it for you directly.

Sound amazing? Get your hands on it at XDA before Motorola makes them take it down again by clicking here

Source: XDA via Droidlife

Sound Hound Now Totally Free

Call it a Christmas gift, holiday present or just good for business but soundhound, the music recognition app, has decided to offer free unlimited searches via it’s listen and tag software.

Previously users of the free app were subjectd to a total of 5 free look ups per month. Now, with fierce competition from rival Shazam, Soundhound has done the most logical thing and begun offering the “tagggin” free. In addition to free “song id” the user can see lyrics, look up artists and preview songs.  There are even more features allowed with the Sound Hound Infinity app which is a paid app in the market.

For the basic functionality users just activate the app and have it “listen” to the song so that Sound Hound can search it’s database and let the user know the title and artist.  Shazam is very similar. In fact our writer, Heaven Leigh, did this app battle between the two just last week.

Soundhound is the number 1 music app of it’s kind in the world with distribution in over 200 countries. It is also a top ranked music app in the Android Market.

Source: Soundhound via Businesswire

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.


Sprint Teams Up With MTV For One Rocking Sprint ID


Sprint has teamed up with Viacom’s MTV to create one heck of a reason to consider getting a Kyocera Zio, Samsung Transform or LG Optimus S. Its the new MTV SprintID.

Sprint’s CEO, Dan Hesse, unveiled the new Sprint ID concept in October at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications Event.  The Sprint ID is a convergence of apps, widgets, and wallpapers put together as a theme. Sprint has several exciting content partners working with them on SprintID. Disney, ESPN, HSN and Mtv are just some of those partners.

The new Mtv SprintID offers one click access to applications, widgets, wallpapers and ringtones selected by MTV for the music loving generation.

The MTV ID includes:
Mtv Meter
Mtv News App
Mtv headlines widget
Mtv photos
Mtv twitter

Of course users of Android devices with SprintID still have full access to the full Android Market so they can tweak their Mtv SprintID, but that list of apps is pretty solid. In fact the only thing thats not included that we would suggest is Shazam but they’ve included Soundhound instead.

Source: Sprint via