Shazam’s uglier and smaller competitor SoundHound made some updates for Apple users today. The iOS7 update features a redesign and a new music map.
The music map compiles a user’s searches onto an interactive map that can be filtered by date. The map can also show realtime searches from users around the globe.
The new user interface is much better than their last, but still falls short of Shazam’s sleek branding. Maybe this is why Shazam has over twice as many users (375 million vs. 170 million), even though it has less features.
SoundHound is unique in that it allows users to sing or hum a tune to identify it, and they are the self-proclaimed “world’s fastest music and audio recognition” technology. However, Shazam has branched out to TV recognition and placements whereas SoundHound has kept a relatively low profile.
Earlier this year it was revealed that Shazam actually gets people to buy music, so it’s probable that SoundHound is having a similar effect.