If you've ever needed to identify a song that is playing somewhere around you, you've probably already used SoundHound or Shazam which both listen to your surroundings and pop up the best guess - usually right on the money.
The two apps are pretty similar, though they obviously use different algorithms, so I always keep both on my phone just in case. Additionally, SoundHound recognizes humming and whistling, which makes it even more valuable.
While the free version of Shazam allows only 5 IDs per month, SoundHound went unlimited in their basic app a few months back. So, why would anyone use SoundHound Infinity then, a $5 app that is free in the Amazon Appstore today, when they could identify an unlimited amount of songs for free?
If you're confused, you're not alone - I had to really dig into both apps' descriptions to figure out the differences. There are not many:
- SoundHound Infinity contains no ads
- It includes a homescreen widget, allowing for even faster access to song IDs
Have a look at the screenshots of the free version of SoundHound that I just took - the ads are pretty in-your-face, aren't they? Considering today SoundHound Infinity is completely free, there is no reason to pass on the deal whatsoever (unless you're outside the U.S. that is).
The ad-free experience is a lot better:
Not bad at all, Amazon - I am starting to find myself giddy as the clock strikes midnight every day.