7 Cool apps like Shazam for Android & iOS

Recognition of music is perhaps the most popular identification technology used on mobile devices. Although in this category it is feasible to single out 1-2 top-end applications and to determine in absentia the best, there are other utilities that can compete with them.

With the advent of modern mobile platforms, music detection services have also developed their new development. To date, such programs are very in demand, which proves the mandatory existence of the most popular of them in the lists of “must have” applications. The concept of the functioning of resemble tools is analogous and consists in the fact that such a software records a small fragment playing near the music, sends it to the server where it compares with the database of the affordable tunes, and deduces the result.

SoundHound

Another universal music recognizer MusiXmatch is also very popular among users. The music identification service SoundHound was created specifically for mobile platforms and currently supports iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. SoundHound is called the main competitor of Shazam. These two applications do have a lot in common in terms of functionality. The program uses its own Sound2Sound recognition technology, which provides a comparison of sound signals, not even of very good quality.

The main advantage of SoundHound, and the exclusive, which claimed by its creators, is the possibility to detect the tune. It’s hard to judge how effective it is because how to make the program determine the composition in this way is, in truth, not an easy task, it all depends on the quality of the performance. But the availability of search is an extremely useful function, which allows finding performers, albums, and songs, in the text of which the desired word is found.

SoundHound offers the maximum possible information according to search queries, shows albums, and collections, which include this song, video clips, gives a link to the artist’s page on Wikipedia and even monitors his activity in social networks. Along with the basic information about the music you are looking for, the tool provides other possibilities, for example, advanced search statistics on the world map, geotagging, automatic publication on Twitter and Facebook. Integration with Rdio and Spotify is also available here, as well as another interesting option – LiveLyrics, which permits you to view the lyrics in time with the music. Instead, SoundHound offers to search for texts in the built-in browser.

Despite the fact that the main task of the application is coping quite quickly, working with it is not very comfortable. The lack of an intuitive interface and glut of functions is the main drawback of the program. In general, if it suits you, it is quite possible that SoundHound can be your choice.

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Musixmatch

MusiXmatch project on the plan of its creators had to represent an extensive database of lyrics and perform one single function – the search for these texts. The success did not take long, and the service turned into one of the largest directories. Over time, the application has its own player, and the priority of tasks has changed somewhat. After signing an agreement with the Gracenote service, already in the 3rd version of the program, there was an opportunity for detection of music – Music ID.

The application features an incredible beauty interface and a unique mechanism for determining music. Find out which group plays a song in a few seconds – after which you can get to know the performer more closely by reading his biography or by purchasing a whole album.

Since recognition is an additional option of the utility, access to it is carried out from the side menu. The concept of recognition is no different from similar programs. The key advantage of MusiXmatch in front of its competitors is the existence of the function FloatingLyrics, which allows you to synchronize the text of the desired composition with the music that is currently playing. Music ID and FloatingLyrics perfectly combine and represent the powerful functionality of the software, and all this is affordable for free.

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MusicID

Far not the most widespread but very pleasant program with a laconic design. It is thanks to the appearance and ergonomics that the MusicID utility is enjoyed by many smartphone users.

The program offers users a similar set of functions: a mere main screen with a large button for detection, a list of well-known tracks and the possibility to see which songs you recognized. MusicID also has a built-in text search that is not in Shazam.

After identifying the canto, you will see a set of standard information, including related tracks, videos from YouTube and lyrics. Unlike Shazam and SoundHound, you can not track lyrics in real time. In additives, the tool permits you to listen to a fragment of an identified song, share a track on social networks, and buy it in iTunes, but in MusicID you will not find integration with Spotify or Rdio.

This application has the least extensive functionality of the above. It looks nicer than SoundHound but does not have integration with other streaming programs. MusicID does not have a paid version.

MusicID simply does not work if you do not have the Internet. You will not be able to postpone identification for later, so the application is useless without the Internet. This can be a challenge if you are in an area where there is no signal or using the iPod Touch or iPad in a special way.

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Genius

To find the lyrics of your favorite song is now as easy as downloading any music. The Genius – Song Lyrics & More application offers you a convenient music search system in the database, which already now has more than 1.7 million tracks. A distinctive feature of this service are annotations and all sorts of interesting thoughts regarding the lyrics of almost every performer.

Functional

To work with the application you need to register but there is a quick registration that permits you to attach your Facebook, Google or Twitter account, and then just enter a nickname. On the main screen, the developers brought out the most popular songs, which are often searched in the service. At the top, there is a search bar but you can almost not use it because the application has a wonderful functionality for automatically recognizing tracks that are played in your player. There is also a functional like Shazam, i.e. you can bring the device to the sound source and the app will try to identify and find the lyrics of the song. Search “live”, i.e. starting to enter the first letters in the string, the results will already be displayed.

In the settings, you can enable music recognition on the player but for this, you need to enable access to notifications for this application.

Let’s sum up the results

Genius – Song Lyrics & More impresses with its rich music base and the ability to find texts and music even for not the most famous performers. Pleasant use!

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HOUND

Hound is a project of a personal assistant from the developers of SoundHound, an application similar in functionality to Shazam.

 

HOUND Voice Search & Assistant is an application that will change your relationship with the device. Now there is no need for long navigation to find your favorite song, you do not need to do a set in the search engine to find the necessary information. It’s enough to tell the device what you want and the actions will be performed. The program perfectly responds to the voice, and there is no need to pronounce key phrases. She will immediately find the necessary song, find out the temperature in the right region, send a message to a friend or make a phone call, etc.

This is a multifunctional program that fulfills all your voice requirements.

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Sound Search for Google Play

Sound Search for Google Play is not a full-fledged application but a minimalistic widget, and this is its key advantage. The widget can be put on the desktop and even on the lock screen if the version of Android is above 4.2 – thanks to this, the recognition process starts with just one click.

The Sound Search for Google Play application is Google’s kind of answer to so popular among many mobile device owners of music recognition tools like Shazam and SoundHound.

To the quality of recognition through Sound Search users have no complaints: tests showed that the widget defines over 80% of songs of varying degrees of popularity and different genres. On the recognition of hits of a global scale, Sound Search takes only 3 seconds. The widget sends data to Google’s Server – after a coincidence is detected, the result appears on the screen.

Sound Search for Google Play can boast not only the possibility to define an artist but also the function of finding a sounding melody in the Google Play Market, as well as the opportunity to browse the search history on all your devices.

Sound Search has a simple but eye-pleasing design, connects securely and quickly to the network and is completely free. That’s why many observers recommend Android users to try the Sound Search before hurrying to download other programs.

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Siri

Each music lover and pluralistically the owner of the iPhone with Siri support for sure at least once asked his voice assistant to recognize the playing track. You can do this with a simple “Who is singing?” command, and then let your girlfriend listen to the song. But this does not end its functions.

These capabilities of Siri are based on using exactly the same technology as in the Shazam application. It turns out that you may see all the songs that were ever recognized with the help of Siri, and then right here, get the tracks in the iTunes Store (if you want, of course). You just need to open the iTunes Store, and then the corresponding tab in the sidebar.

So now you can easily scan any tracks (in taxis, shopping centers or cafes), and then view them on the iPhone without using third-party applications. And it is true, it turns out that the need to install Shazam disappears by itself.


One of the main criteria in choosing an application for music identification is how quickly it will be able to cope with its task. The speed of recognition depends, first of all, on the popularity of the composition. All programs spend on this approximately the same time: an average of 2 to 5 seconds.

Also, we advise you to read the article What song is this? 7 Apps for Identifying Songs, which will give you additional info about the services that help to detect music.

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