What’s a music catcher? It’s an app that recognizes/identifies the song that’s playing or the song you’re humming. Have you ever listened to a song that you like somewhere and which you didn’t know its name? That situation used to drive us mad, but it won’t happen anymore if you’re the owner of a smartphone, thanks to music catchers.
Probably the most popular is Shazam. It has first released for iOS and landed on Android a few months later. Its strongest point is its ease of use: just tap on the central button and hold your phone up to catch the track. It will display track’s info such as the album, title, artist, videos, lyrics and more. What’s more, you will be able to buy the track on Amazon, tag it and share tags with friends on Facebook and Twitter, but take in account that Shazam’s database is public-based and availability depends on user’s aim to upload it. The main flaw: its unlimited free version will expire on 1st January 2012. Then, free version users only be allowed to catch 5-7 songs/month. There’s also a unlimited paid version (£2.99).
Unlike Shazam, Soundhound has unlimited catches forever and ever, if you are eager to see some ads on the screen. If not you can upgrade to the paid version ($4.99). What’s more, it’s even faster catching songs. Its quite similar to Shazam: it allows you to buy the track on amazon, tag and share it with your friends on the social network and much more. However, Soundhound includes a search bar with which you can search by typing or by voice search. It contains a great feature: tag location along your request, that way you can remember exactly where you heard the track. The only downside over Shazam is the amount of tracks in its database. But regarding features, Soundhound is way more complete.
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Have a happy music apps discovery!