SoundHound for Android review: A powerful namer-of-tunes for Android

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.4
  • Features and Support: 10.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Interface: 7.0
  • Installation and Setup: 10.0
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The Good SoundHound has an impressive ability to name that tune in only a few seconds. What's more, it offers a wealth of information and links related to any items it identifies.

The Bad SoundHound's interface is cluttered and visually unattractive.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for an app to help you name that tune, SoundHound is it.

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If you're having trouble naming that tune, just fire up SoundHound to speak, sing, hum, or type out a song for the music-identification service to identify. The app is available in both a free version and a paid, ad-free version dubbed SoundHound Infinity.

Right when you open SoundHound, you'll see the big orange button up top. This is the key to the app's primary function. Give the button a single tap, place your mobile device up to a music source (or as close as you can get), and watch as SoundHound searches its enormous database for a match. You can put your device directly onto a speaker or just drop it on your passenger seat while your radio is playing. In either scenario, SoundHound should be able to do its job so long as the volume of the source isn't too low or too loud and distorted. Typically, the app needs between 3 and 10 seconds of "listening" in order to bring back any search results.

Use SoundHound to identify songs, share them, read lyrics, and find other related information. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

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SoundHound Infinity (Android)

Part Number: com.melodis.midomiMusicIdentifier
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  • Category Music and audio
  • Compatibility Android