Shazam vs. SoundHound

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Shazam and SoundHound are probably the best music identification services.  They are available for various platforms and they are practically giants in music identification category. We tried to identify many random songs using this apps. So let’s see, SoundHound or Shazam?

Test 1

M83 – Midnight City (Eric Prydz Private Remix)

screenshot of SoundHound and Shazam on my phone

We intentionally played a part of the song where there are no lyrics and we searched for a remix. SoundHound guessed the right song. Shazam gave a result faster, but it gave the original song by M83, not the remix by Eric Prydz that we searched for.

Test 2

Aire – Los Cafres

screenshot of SoundHound and Shazam on my phone

We randomly found this song on YouTube. Later we found out that Los Cafres are Argentinian reggae band. Anyway, Shazam found the song fast and gave correct results, but SoundHound didn’t find any results at all.--> -->

Test 3

Mantovani – Maria, Elena

screenshot of SoundHound and Shazam on my phone

Both SoundHound and Shazam gave fast, correct results on this instrumental song.

Test 4

Zdravko Colic – Ti mozes sve, al’ jedno ne

screenshot of SoundHound and Shazam on my phone

Zdravko Colic is maybe the biggest music star on the Balkans. We tried to identify one of his biggest hits, “Ti mozes sve, al’ jedno ne” which is singed on Serbian Language and only Shazam found the song.

Test 5 

Notorious B.I.G – The world is filled ..

screenshot of SoundHound and Shazam on my phone

Both SoundHound and Shazam gave fast and correct results of this hip hop classic performed by Biggie.

Our Verdict: Shazam

It’s a close call, but we also tried to identify many other songs, and it seems that Shazam could identify any song, from various countries, which SoundHound couldn’t. Although SoundHound has much more cooler design, Shazam will always be my first choice.

You may also want to check out Google Sound Search which threatens to become great competitor to Shazam and SoundHound. Too bad is only available in the United States.

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