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SoundHound - Music Discovery & Lyrics

SoundHound - Music Discovery & Lyrics

SoundHound Inc.

Music discovery, identification, & voice-controlled player with 300M+ downloads!

4.5 Ratings 1M+ Reviews 100M+ Downloads
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  • ❤️❤️❤️❤️ LOVE SOUNDHOUND! Jan 24, 2018

    By Musicislife1287
    LOVE this app. I use it all the time both for trying to remember a song I knew but forgot the artist or a new song that catches my ear. I have been a SoundHound users since what feels like the beginning. They have proven to be consistent and reliable. Which is quick and accurate results. One of the main reasons I love SoundHound is for the feature that no other app features. Which is live lyrics! That is by far one of the coolest most useful things about SoundHound! Being able to sing along (rather badly) with either a fav song or even a new song im obsessed with learning the lyrics to, the app is there for me :). SoundHound I felt has always tried to give the user what they want. Realizing its difficult to please everyone, I for one have been a very happy and satisfied customer since its launch. I tried the "other" guys and they were just too commercial for me. SoundHound was the right balance of finding new music without pushing the sales-y part of the music industry onto me. I love it for its accuracy, its fast results, and giving me MORE if I chose to know more. Its all there. Keep up the good work guys!
    more
  • Return User - Excellent App! Aug 30, 2018

    By Coeur de Parisienne
    So, my wife and I are music fiends; grew up on it, love most genres - well, except country but that’s for personal reasons no room to explain - whenever a song is played on a tv show or movie - or anywhere really - that catches our attention, we love to use our phones to find out who the artist is and song name. Well, we once used this app years ago; but as apps and space became an issue it sadly went away. Mainly because hey, “Siri has the same feature right?” Let me tell you this people: Siri has digressed in many ways since it’s period of amazing us. When Siri continues to take FOREVER to reply to the simple request of identifying the song - no, this is not a WiFi or network issue as most of you will agree - the song is OVER or the cutscene where the song is used is long gone and Siri still is identifying....well, we’ve had enough. This app is great, always has been. We are happy with its features and will NOT be using “you know who” for those requests anymore...or most other things these days...but that’s a different story. Great app keep up the good work developers!
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  • Jul 29, 2020

    By Tracy Barnes
    It's free and I love how it captures songs. Problems are you can't create platylist and catagoriess. All the songs are in one line and I can't organize them. Also, not user friendly while driving. Too sensative, slight touches or movement opens up the song playing in another window and when the song stops the next doesn't automaically play. Manual operation is than needed, difficut while driving and I can't do other things with the device like surf the internet while music plays, that sucks.
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  • SoundHound Rating Oct 19, 2018

    By GrandBeary
    I LOVE Soundhound❣️ My husband introduced it to me about a year ago and I have used it to see who the artist of a song is, to see the lyrics on a song playing on the radio or my favorite TV Station “ Contemporary Christian Music”. It keeps a song I love on a playlist and can go back and listen to it again anytime I want to. There are so many things you can do and/or find out about a song, an artist, search for a song even if you only know part of the lyrics and it will 9out of 10 times find the name of the song and artist, I could go on and on about SoundHound it is my all time FAVORITE APP of all the millions you can get! My husband use to be my “SoundHound”. When I met him he was a DJ and knows who, what, when, where about most any song in any genre. Even though he knows so much about music he has SoundHound and loves it too. I figured he uses it to see if he is right about a song he heard. Again. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT❣️
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  • Good app, not certain about the hate. May 20, 2020

    By wontpayforpremium
    Disclaimer: This review is written within minutes of downloading the app. It will not include problems with using the app in the long term. So I downloaded this app in the hopes of finding a song that has been driving me insane for 6 months because I couldn’t think of its name. I read a lot of hate comments in recent months absolutely flaming this app, and I cannot tell if it’s legitimate, because they all cite the same problem. So I was skeptical going into using the app. I hummed the tune twice and didn’t get any results right away, which is when I realized that you have to go into the history tab of the app in order to actually find the results, because lo and behold, there’s the song that had been stuck in my head for months. So again, I’m not certain about this app, or if this was a “one off never gonna happen again” scenario, but the app did what I wanted it to do, and so it gets four stars for finding a song I couldn’t remember, but loses one for the awful formatting.
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  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Adam Grue
    Really wanted an alternative to Shazam and stay out of the Apple wheel of doom but SoundHound just did not do it. Top 40 tracks fine. More obscure items, not so much. Plus testing it side by side with Shazam, Shazam always faster and was able to figure out way more music. Be nice if they offered integrations to Tidal or something that made it standout but nada. I used it more years ago and it used to be a lot closer, not sure if Shazam got that much better or SoundHound just got that much worse
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  • Jul 19, 2020

    By April Haskill
    Worked great until past 2 updates.... I could have the app maxing the listening by having the phone right to the speaker and it still refuses to find the music and takes so much longer to load and listen; prior to the recent 2 updates it would find everything and load the app instantly. Please rollback to the system that worked. 5 star App is useless until then. Now rating 0 if could.
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  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Google User
    Alot of songs don't work when trying to play them in world map. And there's play back issues when maximizing and minimizing the video box. Playing searched songs was saving them in history but it's not saving them anymore for some reason. Also many songs that are not VERY mainstream won't be recognized when trying to identity songs.
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  • I Agree With Schimmityweb . . . Dec 4, 2017

    By HolyBoy69
    I totally agree with Schimmityweb Dude!!! Because for sometime now it seems they play this game of keeping up with the latest app features causing customers the one to ( PAY )for it (the Proverbial sense of paying for it). I’ve been with this app since nearly the beginning if not, and I have over the years written support regarding the change that has taken place with regards to lyrics. Especially when that was a feature that heavily touted when the app first started up. And that feature in itself was one of the main reason I signed up and have tried to maintain loyalty to the app / SoundHound. But I guess the loyalty aspect is only one way. I should be loyal, but they don’t have to because there is always someone else to take my place. A sign of the times. But is it really asking to much to have an app that delivers the title of the song and the right lyrics as the core of the service no matter what else is enhanced or added to that service??? In my opinion the core of the service should NOT be lost because of updates or add-ons’ or enhancements.
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  • Jul 26, 2020

    By Kip McCormick
    App used to be great, but updates have made it less intuitive. App no longer informs the user whether it's listening, checking with it's server, or waiting for the user to tell it to begin listening. Result: user ends up starting and stopping the "listen" function at the wrong time.
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  1. Want to know the name of the song playing? Get loads of track information at the push of the button for a great way to discover new music
  2. Speech Commands let you discover new music and locate lyrics to your favorite songs with just your voice
  3. Top 10 Must-Have iPhone Apps - Bob Tedeschi, New York Times

Reviewed by Katelyn on February 12, 2018

  • ❤️❤️❤️❤️ LOVE SOUNDHOUND! Jan 24, 2018

    By Musicislife1287
    LOVE this app. I use it all the time both for trying to remember a song I knew but forgot the artist or a new song that catches my ear. I have been a SoundHound users since what feels like the beginning. They have proven to be consistent and reliable. Which is quick and accurate results. One of the main reasons I love SoundHound is for the feature that no other app features. Which is live lyrics! That is by far one of the coolest most useful things about SoundHound! Being able to sing along (rather badly) with either a fav song or even a new song im obsessed with learning the lyrics to, the app is there for me :). SoundHound I felt has always tried to give the user what they want. Realizing its difficult to please everyone, I for one have been a very happy and satisfied customer since its launch. I tried the "other" guys and they were just too commercial for me. SoundHound was the right balance of finding new music without pushing the sales-y part of the music industry onto me. I love it for its accuracy, its fast results, and giving me MORE if I chose to know more. Its all there. Keep up the good work guys!
    more
  • Return User - Excellent App! Aug 30, 2018

    By Coeur de Parisienne
    So, my wife and I are music fiends; grew up on it, love most genres - well, except country but that’s for personal reasons no room to explain - whenever a song is played on a tv show or movie - or anywhere really - that catches our attention, we love to use our phones to find out who the artist is and song name. Well, we once used this app years ago; but as apps and space became an issue it sadly went away. Mainly because hey, “Siri has the same feature right?” Let me tell you this people: Siri has digressed in many ways since it’s period of amazing us. When Siri continues to take FOREVER to reply to the simple request of identifying the song - no, this is not a WiFi or network issue as most of you will agree - the song is OVER or the cutscene where the song is used is long gone and Siri still is identifying....well, we’ve had enough. This app is great, always has been. We are happy with its features and will NOT be using “you know who” for those requests anymore...or most other things these days...but that’s a different story. Great app keep up the good work developers!
    more
  • SoundHound Rating Oct 19, 2018

    By GrandBeary
    I LOVE Soundhound❣️ My husband introduced it to me about a year ago and I have used it to see who the artist of a song is, to see the lyrics on a song playing on the radio or my favorite TV Station “ Contemporary Christian Music”. It keeps a song I love on a playlist and can go back and listen to it again anytime I want to. There are so many things you can do and/or find out about a song, an artist, search for a song even if you only know part of the lyrics and it will 9out of 10 times find the name of the song and artist, I could go on and on about SoundHound it is my all time FAVORITE APP of all the millions you can get! My husband use to be my “SoundHound”. When I met him he was a DJ and knows who, what, when, where about most any song in any genre. Even though he knows so much about music he has SoundHound and loves it too. I figured he uses it to see if he is right about a song he heard. Again. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT❣️
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  • One of the best apps-hands down! Sep 14, 2018

    By Bee Girl15
    I’ve been using SoundHound since 2011. Its probably the only app to maintained its status on all devices as well. Originally I used the other popular music ID app which (at the time) was totally 100% free. Although, very quickly paid upgrades emerged leaving the free end user restricted to a limited number of searches while being barraged w/ads & upgrades. By comparison, SoundHound is very straight forward, users are offered unlimited searches, a databank to save & favorite their search results, & purchase songs if they so choose. In 7yrs of using this app there’s been no lack of service. The SoundHound knowledge base has identified the most obscure songs playing in the background of tv commercials in NZ to instrumentals heard overhead in the health food store. Approx 10-12 of my searches resulted in no matches found, so the margin for error still exists but the gap is definitely narrowed.
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  • Aug 3, 2020

    By Andy Thomas
    Absolutely works like magic. Had a song stuck in my head for 2 days, had to know what it was. Only knew melody of last part of the bridge and the whole chorus - zero lyrics. Hummed that into this app - first result - Circle in the Sand by Belinda Carlisle. Boom! Incredible.
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  • Good app, not certain about the hate. May 20, 2020

    By wontpayforpremium
    Disclaimer: This review is written within minutes of downloading the app. It will not include problems with using the app in the long term. So I downloaded this app in the hopes of finding a song that has been driving me insane for 6 months because I couldn’t think of its name. I read a lot of hate comments in recent months absolutely flaming this app, and I cannot tell if it’s legitimate, because they all cite the same problem. So I was skeptical going into using the app. I hummed the tune twice and didn’t get any results right away, which is when I realized that you have to go into the history tab of the app in order to actually find the results, because lo and behold, there’s the song that had been stuck in my head for months. So again, I’m not certain about this app, or if this was a “one off never gonna happen again” scenario, but the app did what I wanted it to do, and so it gets four stars for finding a song I couldn’t remember, but loses one for the awful formatting.
    more
  • Where’s the Rest of it??? Mar 26, 2020

    By CrzyCute
    Been using SoundHound for the past three phones of mine 😂 and it’s always been really great. The response has always been quick and the live lyrics make for some terrible sing-alongs to be had...that all said, it used to give so much more! Where’s the extra information about the musicians and the Similar Artist link? I learned of so much music and music history from this. And the videos? And all of the other really neat features. If I’m the only one who doesn’t have it, well I’ve had bad luck lately so it wouldn’t surprise me, but if it’s truly gone since the update in February, I don’t think I like this app much anymore. Might as well google a song if it doesn’t have the heart and knowledge and all the wonderful work put into it from before. 🤷‍♀️
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  • Appreciative but disappointed Jun 1, 2018

    By IttyBittyGirl24
    I am fairly new to the SoundHound world, so far I have really enjoyed learning ALL the different features SoundHound offers. I’m not tech savvy in the least so it’s taking longer than it would most to find all these great features. The experience has been great, but, I have to say on one song I was truly disappointed with the playback I received. One of my all time favorites is Back in Black by AC/DC, the playback was a live in concert version. When I heard that come over my speakers, I just dropped my head, SO DISAPPOINTED! Other than that, I have been extremely happy with Sound Hound, I’ve been recommending y’all to everyone 🙂 Oh yeah, you really don’t have to be tech savvy, AT ALL, to use Sound Hound, that’s just to show you how bad at it I am 😊
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  • Jul 26, 2020

    By Chasity Villela
    It's a great app. I've never had any issues. Very simple to use. My father can be playing a song on the guitar and he ask me the name. I literally use soundhound to cheat because some of the music I've never heard or it's a old as him 😛
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  • Aug 6, 2020

    By Andy Pesorda
    So far, so accurate - the app has been able to identify all the songs I've thrown at it. The promotional stuff is a bit annoying, but all in all its a solid app.
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  • Jul 29, 2020

    By Tracy Barnes
    It's free and I love how it captures songs. Problems are you can't create platylist and catagoriess. All the songs are in one line and I can't organize them. Also, not user friendly while driving. Too sensative, slight touches or movement opens up the song playing in another window and when the song stops the next doesn't automaically play. Manual operation is than needed, difficut while driving and I can't do other things with the device like surf the internet while music plays, that sucks.
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  • Dumb greed Jan 25, 2019

    By migshel
    I used this app for years and it was great for last minute tunes you want to know about or tunes that is at the end and you want to find out who the artist is but now recently they have video advertising that totally kills the whole functionality of this app. So u heard a song u want to know who it is, u open this app u click on the listen button and instead of it listening to see who the artist is you get a video ad that plays while ur missing the opportunity to know what song and who the artist is. This is where something good becomes something bad. I know they have to make money but this totally kills the whole reason why the app was created. What’s wrong with regular type non-video ads.
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  • New update ruined it. Oct 10, 2017

    By Schmittywebermangensen
    I always thought this was better than Shazam. But I’m switching back. Before this app would immediately pop up lyrics for whatever you were listening to (which was probably the highlight of this app in my opinion), but not anymore. They’re now trying too hard to keep up with this thing everyone is doing when they talk to their devices. Which I think is dumb, unnecessary, and a trade down from previous features. Now they’re persistent on having you make an account and attach your Facebook and a bunch of unnecessary crap. I just want to know what song I’m listening to, and I’d like the option to see what lyrics go with it! That too much to ask for?!
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  • Was a 5 Star now just a 3 star Aug 17, 2018

    By User100000
    I’ve had this app for years and I absolutely love the features and the UI but.... I have thousands (almost 10,000) of songs stored on my phone but it will only let me access playlists. Now I know I can fool the app by saving my library as a playlist but.... I lose a lot of functionality by doing so. I would 5 Star love the app if it was a legitimate player as well as a music find, identify, and share/purchase app. And I agree with another reviewer. The map part rocks. I do use it to search for new music based on other users who seem to share my very broad tastes in music. I hardly use the app now though as I am too limited in my library access.
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  • Opening time. Oct 23, 2018

    By drummerboy 777
    I love Sound Hound! But I would give 5 stars of the app or the live tile in the side menu would open or react faster cause I lose a lot of time waiting on it to open. Sometimes I even miss the opportunity to get new music cause I'm having to wait for the app to open! Faster openings or "instant on, or more Mic access!" Abilities!!! Where maybe the second you touch the listening button, it Instantly starts recording but after the app finally opens....... It will realize what it just recorded and act appropriately at THAT point? Just a suggestion......? Maybe?
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  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Adam Grue
    Really wanted an alternative to Shazam and stay out of the Apple wheel of doom but SoundHound just did not do it. Top 40 tracks fine. More obscure items, not so much. Plus testing it side by side with Shazam, Shazam always faster and was able to figure out way more music. Be nice if they offered integrations to Tidal or something that made it standout but nada. I used it more years ago and it used to be a lot closer, not sure if Shazam got that much better or SoundHound just got that much worse
    more
  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Google User
    Alot of songs don't work when trying to play them in world map. And there's play back issues when maximizing and minimizing the video box. Playing searched songs was saving them in history but it's not saving them anymore for some reason. Also many songs that are not VERY mainstream won't be recognized when trying to identity songs.
    more
  • Jul 26, 2020

    By Kip McCormick
    App used to be great, but updates have made it less intuitive. App no longer informs the user whether it's listening, checking with it's server, or waiting for the user to tell it to begin listening. Result: user ends up starting and stopping the "listen" function at the wrong time.
    more
  • Starting to go downhill Apr 18, 2020

    By hidlod83
    I work in music. I use this app constantly. The ‘improvements’ are fun and all, but the main purpose of this app is to identify music, right? Many moons ago, that part worked. As of a few updates ago, when I do as I’ve always done with the app, all of a sudden, songs that should be recognizable in seconds take two tries. Songs that DO get recognized don’t show up on the screen, and the app tries to identify all over again, and if I don’t manually check my history after every individual go, I end up with two copies of everything, or nothing at all. This is infuriating. Please work on the original algorithm because what’s happening isn’t cool, and if it continues, you’ll find that more people, including me, uninstall.
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  • Aug 10, 2020

    By Luckey Lee
    Well, I've got a Oppo Ax7 (CPH1903). It keep says tap the button for faster browsing... There is only 1 button that is to search the song. 'we couldn't find that one' is only song it finds.
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  • Jul 19, 2020

    By April Haskill
    Worked great until past 2 updates.... I could have the app maxing the listening by having the phone right to the speaker and it still refuses to find the music and takes so much longer to load and listen; prior to the recent 2 updates it would find everything and load the app instantly. Please rollback to the system that worked. 5 star App is useless until then. Now rating 0 if could.
    more
  • I Agree With Schimmityweb . . . Dec 4, 2017

    By HolyBoy69
    I totally agree with Schimmityweb Dude!!! Because for sometime now it seems they play this game of keeping up with the latest app features causing customers the one to ( PAY )for it (the Proverbial sense of paying for it). I’ve been with this app since nearly the beginning if not, and I have over the years written support regarding the change that has taken place with regards to lyrics. Especially when that was a feature that heavily touted when the app first started up. And that feature in itself was one of the main reason I signed up and have tried to maintain loyalty to the app / SoundHound. But I guess the loyalty aspect is only one way. I should be loyal, but they don’t have to because there is always someone else to take my place. A sign of the times. But is it really asking to much to have an app that delivers the title of the song and the right lyrics as the core of the service no matter what else is enhanced or added to that service??? In my opinion the core of the service should NOT be lost because of updates or add-ons’ or enhancements.
    more
  • Glitchy, doesn’t recognize any songs May 10, 2019

    By Nb head
    I’ve used this app a million times in the past with great results. Today I tried singing a song I know some of the lyrics to and all of the melody but can’t find. It says there are no close matches, even though off the top of my head I know this song sounds musically similar to a lot of songs, so that surprised me. Then just to see what was up I hummed the fully melody to Womanizer by Britney Spears. It said there were no close matches. I did it again, same thing. What...? Then I sang womanizer with the lyrics and then it recognized it. I hummed the full melody, again said there were no matches, Something is wrong with this, it never needed perfect lyrics before to recognize a popular melody, or even an obscure melody. I can see that other reviewers are saying something is broken too. Can you guys please fix this? Why would this app that recognized a very short fragment of a hummed Beethoven symphony two years ago, suddenly not recognize the hummed fully melody of womanizer? Something is clearly wrong here.
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  • zingin-in-the-tune Jan 12, 2018

    By zingin-in-the-tune
    Again...another app gone commercial. Customer satisfaction no longer exists, just numbers... What once was, no longer exists... I still have this app on an Old phone. Works totally different there, like it should be working today! I forgot about this app after a couple of phones. One day, I came across it again and decided to download it. What a Mistake! I remember when no one knew about this app. I/We, would actually have to help them build their library. I would play songs, then, as per their request when the music could not be found, I would enter the information for the music! Classical, indie pop, classic jazz, oldies but goldies, underground, and on, and on... WE made this app! Now, after all OUR help building THEIR library, they give us this horrible app. Can't just find the song and add it to your library, can't even Listen to it unless you want to Pay for more Options. What a Ripoff! Too bad WE can't have a Wiki-type music app!?!? So Sad.
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  • Jul 16, 2020

    By Frederick Dietz
    I wish I could rate 0 stars, it can't get any of my songs right, and there's no way to help improve it either. It couldn't get iconic Christmas songs and that is just unacceptable. Yes I have a good microphone.
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