SoundHound is a new app for Android that lets you identify music by holding your phone’s microphone up to a song that’s playing. Hear a song on the radio and want to know who the performer is? Just pull out your phone and fire up SoundHound.

If the concept sounds familiar, that’s because Shazam offers a similar service for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Symbian phones. But SoundHound has a few nice tricks up its sleeve.

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First, you don’t need to have a professional performance handy to identify a song. You can also sing or hum into your phone. Second, you can search by artist or song title and not just by audio. You can type into a search box or tap a button to say the name of a song or artist.

The app also lets you search for lyrics, music videos on YouTube, and links to purchase music. You can find similar artists, read artist bios, and share links via email or Twitter.

The basic SoundHound App is available as a free download and offers most features for free. But you can only use the audio recognition feature 5 times per month with the free app. You can upgrade to the full version for unlimited identifications and an ad-free interface for $4.99.

via Android Guys

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...