Shazam-Envying SoundHound Gets an iOS7 Makeover…

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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.

9 Responses

  1. All4Music1

    SoundHound = sick technology (the voice recognition sets it apart from rest) and love the features and interface.

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  2. Anonymous

    This is a very unprofessional post. Is this a personal blog or an actual new article? Personal opinions and use of unprofessional words belong to blogs not news articles. Is Nina Ulloa an intern who is not being managed?

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  3. TuneHunter

    WOW! Such beautiful icons to organize the LOOT!

    Both of them do much, much more damage than good to Music House.

    Time for Discovery Moment Monetization!

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  4. blahblahblah

    Been using SoundHound for years on my phone after deciding at that time it was clearly better than Shazam. I have not looked at Shazam lately, however. I suspect that part of the reason Shazam has so many users is that the word is easier for the average person to say and remember.

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  5. All4Music1

    “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.”
    I just ID’d a song on Sound hound and i had the option to buy it on itunes. Wow, that was hard to figure out that sound hound gets people to buy music….dont put too much into your research Nina.

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