Sep 13, 2010
Is there really any wonder left in the world? With music recognizing apps like SoundHound, the answer is a definitive no. You see all you have to do is fire this baby up, point it at some music and it tells you the song. Now don’t get me wrong, instant gratification is what smart phones are all about. However, I don’t see much more than the â€œwowâ€ effect in this appâ€”especially for the $4.99 price tag.
SoundHound works. It scored 100% on recognizing songs on several radio stations (save for the live bluegrass on NPR). It also recognized â€œMary Had a Little Lambâ€ and Michael Jackson’s â€œBeat Itâ€ after I sang them like a fool into my cell phone. After SoundHound recognizes a song, it gives you the lyrics and also lets you listen to a clip to verify. You can share them on a variety of sites, and can also buy the .mp3 from amazon.com.
SoundHound was less successful with my humming attempts of Mozart or Miles Davis, but that might be attributed to my amazing singing abilities. However, it was able to recognize a recording of â€œGiant Stepsâ€ by John Coltrane. From other user reports, this app is really accurate at even the most obscure songs.
Is it just my taste in music, or are others in agreement that there isn’t a whole lot of good music playing in public places? Most of the time, I’m trying to precisely NOT know what is playing on the radio when I’m at the drug store or waiting at my doctor’s office. Maybe I could use it at a bar or restaurant. But then again maybe I’d be losing a chance to have a nice conversation by not just asking someone about it.
I’m sorry for my sarcasm here, it is a very cool party trick. And I’d love to hear others who have had cool experiences with this app. However, I think I’ll save my $4.99 on some more widgets though. Now, does that make me boring or just a nerd?