SoundHound + LiveLyrics - Search, Discover and Play Music & Videos

Editorial Review

Music-finding app SoundHound has changed names and pricing structures throughout the course of its modest lifetime, but its philosophy and core functionality remain unchanged. Unlike competitors that require you to hold the app close to the source of recorded music before it can ID your song title, lyrics, and artist information, SoundHound Infinity (the premium version) works even when you sing, hum, speak, or type a request into the stylish interface. Though the app is now faster than before--returning results in as few as 4 seconds--ambient noise may still interfere with accurate results, and typing usually prevailed in the rare case that singing into the speaker or holding the iPhone up to a music source failed.

There are music videos to watch, when available from YouTube, and song lyrics, either delivered right to you, or in the form of an in-app Google search. Trend charts show you how popular a song is vis a vis the publisher's online and mobile network, and you can see which songs other users have identified. Cleverly, SoundHound can also hook into your iPhone's iPod library and produce the same info and lyrics for songs you already own.

Take heed that SoundHound Infinity is no song downloader, though it can help you buy music through iTunes. The iPad version looks even better, keeping the song-finding features on the left while surfacing videos, titles, and other related information in the main panel on the right. SoundHound (the company) also offers a free version of the app that limits the number of times you can ID a song to five per month.

Product Description

SoundHound is a music search and discovery experience that identifies music being played around you. Tap the orange button to instantly identify songs and see lyrics, share, stream, buy or simply explore more about artists you know and love or have just discovered. Exclusive: You can also search by singing or humming into SoundHound, making it the only app in the world that can give you results through unique sing/hum search technology.New: Apple Watch enabled versionSoundHound + LiveLyrics on Apple Watch displays song name and the lyrics, magically scrolling in sync with the song. From the gym, car, cafe or at home, you can SoundHound songs with one tap on your Apple Watch making it more convenient and joyful than ever to capture songs you love and experience the lyrics. Your songs are saved on SoundHound and can be viewed, purchased, streamed, shared, and even launched to create an iTunes Radio Station on iPhone and iPad. When you SoundHound a song, you can: Save & add to your Spotify or Rdio playlist View lyrics, moving real-time with the music Access artist photos & biographies View album release date & band info Watch music videos Preview songs & album reviews Share your favorite songs to Facebook and Twitter Launch Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, or iTunes Radio Purchase songs or albums instantly in iTunes Control the Jukebox and play your songs at select venuesFrom the home screen, scroll to explore: Artists Born Today, showcasing artists on their birthday, everyday Music Charts, including Global, Emerging, and Popular by Genre Music Map of discoveries near you locally & around the world Facebook and Twitter updates from your favorite performers Weekly featured songs, videos, artists and albums Similar artists and album recommendations Your History, showing your previous searches (register to ensure your discoveries are never lost!) Reviews and Honors Top 10 Must-Have iPhone Apps - Bob Tedeschi, NY Times Best Music Engagement App - BILLBOARD Music App Awards Essential iPad App - ""Seriously fast"" - John Herrman, Gizmodo Genius, isn't it?"" - B.B.C. World Radio "This is amazing... insane, right?"" - David Pogue, NY Times"

What's new in this version:

Bug fixes and LiveLyrics improvements for iPhone and Apple Watch.