SoundHound users in Europe can find an listen to music on Spotify by using SoundHound to identitfy or "tag" a song. According to a press release issued by SoundHound, "both free and paid SoundHound users in Europe to instantly access Spotify’s catalogue of over 15 million tracks." They're calling this the “Play Now In Spotify” feature.
The great news here is two things ... it just got easier to hear a song somewhere and easily identify which song it is, and what happens in Europe in regards to Spotify usually follows here in the U.S. There's no mention from SoundHound in their public statement that they're working on a U.S. towards a U.S. partnership with Spotify, but it's hard to imagine why they wouldn't.
“Our European users have been requesting seamless access to Spotify, and today they can enjoy SoundHound’s fast, beautiful and unlimited music search and discovery with instant access to listening to full tracks,” said said Katie McMahon, vice president at SoundHound.
SoundHound allows people to "tag" a song, which means they can use the SoundHound app to create a digital sonic fingerprint while listening to a song, and identify the artist, name of the song, album etc. SoundHound is available for PC and for Mac. Another service that does this is Shazam.
Spotify is a streaming music service that lets users listen to music based on either an ad-supported free service or paid subscription. They launched in the U.S. in July.
Would you use the SoundHound app to identify music? Is it a worthwhile service, or do you use another way to find out new music when you hear it? What about the SoundHound vs. Shazam battle, which is better?
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