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SoundHound Gets Updated to Version 5, Packed With New Features

In the battle for top music identification applications, Shazam and SoundHound are the top dogs. SoundHound has released an update to their application today aiming to make their app even better. At the center of the upgrade is huge, high resolution artwork around a carousel of navigation that makes finding music and artists very easy.

SoundHound is also introducing the Free Song Stream that lets you listen to a single from many artists featured on the app. Lots of additions to their LiveLyrics system rounds out a pretty decent update to their application. James Hom of SoundHound says they are up to 80 million viewers, but we ask: are you a Shazam or SoundHound person?

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  • Annoyed

    I wish they’d move all the ‘ads’ onto another screen and leave the button on it’s own. Now i keep hitting the ad and effing Linkin Park start playing!!!!

  • EvanTheGamer

    Both? I use ‘em both as both are quite fantastic.

  • Ken

    Soundhound hands down

  • michael arazan

    I like tune-in radio pro, allows music and radio from every state and tons of countries to all formats, and comedies, plus if you hear a song you like just scroll back and press record for free

    • Gregory Pickering

      I like Tune-in as well… yet, still not sure what it has to do with SoundHound. :-)

  • johnny luvsapps

    SoundHound = big smiles whenever I do a music search

  • umgoblue80

    Soundhound! Paid the $1.99 for it and have never regretted it

  • Royal2000H

    I used to swear by Soundhound, but I’ve jumped ship. Shazam has worked better for me as of late.

  • Adam

    Is Soundhoun better than Shazam? Non-biased answers, please!!

    • PC_Tool

      How would anyone answer that with a preference while remaining unbiased? Doesn’t having a preference in and of itself indicate bias?

    • LionStone

      I’ve never used Shazam…but almost everytime I use Soundhound it knows the song. It is so quick, the lyrics will match up right where it picked up listening…whether its at the beginning or middle of the song. I don’t know if Shazam has that feature but its pretty cool. If I like the song it is so easy to buy it and it auto loads to cloud and my device…pretty seamless.

    • David Larsen

      I found Soundhound to be quicker at identifying songs that Shazam

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      back when i got my first android. DROID OG. I used shazam, then i found Soundhoud and have been using it since. I cant remember what exactly but i found soundhoud to be much better and i havent looked back. Also Shazam is kind of like teh facebook of the two. it turns me off ot see the icon on commercials that aren’t even real songs.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jtsurf18 Jason Downing

    Lately, Soundhound has been hit and miss for me. I thought it may have been a problem with my speaker, but now I’m not so sure. I saw my friend use Shazam the other day on her iPhone and it recognized a song within a second so I downloaded it for the first time in a while and it seemed MUCH quicker… will continue to try both out

  • jmodawg

    Soundhound.

  • PC_Tool

    Why did they get rid of the slacker option? For a version or two there I could tag a song on the radio and hit up slacker for a station based on it… I loved that feature.

    • Gregory Pickering

      Yea, same here. I use Slacker not Pandora. So, I really enjoyed that.

  • Inquizitor

    WOO SOUNDHOUND! Always loved ‘em, totally worth the dime I paid for it.

  • Bigdog65

    Using SoundHound Pro! Best music app out there!!

  • Shawn Maloney

    SoundHound for sure

    • EC8CH

      Awwww…Baloney, Maloney!

  • Sven Enterlein

    And amazon’s version (was free app of the day once upon a time) is still stuck at version 3.0.6?!?!?

    • http://ian.cazabat.com IanCaz

      Yeah, in same boat here. That sucks.

      • blackmagick20

        I’m sure it will be updated soon…I don’t think it’s fair that because it was on the Amazon App Store, we have to wait on delayed updates. My other biggest problem is that I like SoundHound so much, I tried to pay for it off the Play Store, but only got errors that I already had it, even if I deleted it. I emailed help support and they didn’t have an answer, either. Oh well…

  • lye

    Soundhound is far superior.

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    I’ve never once had any of these apps successfully identify anything I’m listening to. But let it hear some Britney Spears or something utterly idiotic and no problem.

    • EC8CH

      LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!

      • ChrisTraeger1

        lmao

    • GTIguy

      What are you listening to? I think Soundhound is far superior but I have seen both these apps pull out some pretty obscure shi… stuff.

      • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

        I listen to a lot of classical. My radio in my car stays glued to WRR in Dallas

    • Dr_Buttballs

      Really? I listen to mostly unheard of death/thrash/prog/melodic metal bands and it does a fairly decent job at finding info on them.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        Im with you. My friend even tried to test it with some weird music. even identified songs from the muppets or something.

  • B

    Soundhound

  • evltwn

    Soundhound is much better than Shazam.

  • smartguy05

    Got Soundhound on sale and it works great, so Soundhound is my vote

  • lethalprophet

    I was Shazam, when it was free. Then had the option to get Soundhound free through the Amazon App Store, and haven’t looked back since. Money aside, I think it is a superior app.

  • Aaa

    VCAST Song ID because of their lack of permissions. (I also haven’t installed the update to make it Verizon ID)

  • http://twitter.com/zefanaya Tirey

    SoundHound

  • cgalyon

    Soundhound myself. Had better luck with successful matches and prefer the one-tap ID widget.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Shazam actually also has such a widget.

  • El Big CHRIS

    I loved it even more ever since they connect to spotify. This should make it more awesome. I still don’t know why it needs to know my location every time though…

    • feztheforeigner

      You can disable that in the settings.

    • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

      it so can show songs being listened to near you. kind of like the G+ and twitter proximity status updates.

  • CheeseMcGee

    SoundHound got my money!

  • http://twitter.com/gamenahd Will P

    Soundhound because of their live lyrics and superior widget