The developers of SoundHound, a music recognition app, have decided to update the free version of their app to allow an unlimited number of music IDs, instead of the previous limit of 5 each month.

Meanwhile, SoundHound's biggest competitor, Shazam, has a very similar offering: a free app that has the same limit of 5 music IDs per month. If Shazam does nothing, which is hard to imagine, and you don't plan on spending any money, there's no contest regarding which app you are going to end up using.

Whether SoundHound might be digging itself into a hole with this move or not is unclear, but unlimited song recognition is one less reason for customers to drop $4.99 for SoundHound Infinity. At least they've got the ad money - isn't that right, Rovio Mobile?


SoundHound Free

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.melodis.midomiMusicIdentifier.freemium

SoundHound Infinity ($4.99)

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.melodis.midomiMusicIdentifier

Shazam Free

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shazam.android

Shazam Encore ($4.72)

QR code for https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shazam.encore.android

Source: SoundHound via IntoMobile

  • Uphor8

    Shazam used to be the only one that does this and props for that, but SoundHound is actually quite a bit better a lot of times and with a free unlimited version, I am definitely going to use it pretty much exclusively.

    • blunden

      To be fair, these types of services existed before Shazam even came on the scene. Sony Ericsson had TrackID (and still do) and I think Motorola had one too. I had at least not heard of Shazam before the first iPhone announcement. I may be wrong though.

  • Eggcake

    When Shazam came out, there was no "Encore" version for several months. Everyone who downloaded Shazam in this time period was entitled to use "unlimited tagging" with the free version.

    Soo...because of that, I stay with Shazam :P

  • Ron H in Schenectady

    That was a good deal until you changed devices. Now you're back to square one with shazam.

    • Mex

      Shazam is linked to your Google account *NOT* the device, as long as you don't create a new account, you can change devices as often as you like with no problem.

      • Max

        Mex, is correct. But, you'll need the .apk for shazam prior to moving phones, otherwise you're pretty much screwed.

        I had the free version of shazam on my G1, and when I upgraded to the Samsung Vibrant (forcing me to re-download the app from the market), shazam was restricted. So, I bought it. I have no problem paying for an app I use quite frequently.

  • http://www.shazam.com Ralph Turko

    soundhound is flat out superior even without the unlimited IDs. Soundhound can tag a song like 5 times before shazam even gets it once. Its UI is way better and it does singing search. shazam was great back in the day but it just doesn't compare now. shazam is like the nintendo gamecube and soundhound is the wii.