Official Soundhound musid ID app now available

While Windows Phone 7.5 has Bing Music on board for ID'ing songs, it's not available everywhere nor does it have many bells and whistles. Enter Soundhound, a popular music ID service similar to Shazam but in many ways, better. The service is extremely popular on iOS and Android so it's nice to see it finally arrive on Windows Phone--better late than never, right?

The app is free, Mango ready and pretty well thought out. You simply tap the big button, let it sample the music and it'll ID it for you. From there, you can "buy" the song by jumping to the Zune Marketplace directly (nice), share the find on Twitter and/or Facebook or take a gander at the lyrics.

Searches are saved for you in the "my stuff" section and you can set it auto-share your search results to Facebook or Twitter, if you so desire. There are nicely added context menus to your "my stuff" section if you want to delete previous finds and the ads (yes, there are a few here and there) are unobtrusive.

Coolest feature? Pin the "listen button" to your Start screen. With one-tap, it hops into the app and starts listening for the song. And really, that's what it's about, right? You need to launch music ID apps as fast as you can to get that song before the commercial is over or the radio is changed. So brilliant use of the Live Tile there.

Unfortunately, we couldn't get it to work with our Facebook, but perhaps a glitch on our end and the quick-launch mentioned above is still a tad slow. But for a v1.0, we're impressed and look forward to future updates. Highly recommended.

Grab Soundhound here in the Marketplace for free. Thanks, Richard E. for the tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Finally. Soundhound is so much better than Shazam.
  • I can't remember the last time I heard good music out in public. Pass.
  • Thanks for sharing that. Pass.
  • Haha, true. But sometimes you hear good music in movies, so it could be useful in that case. Luckily most times I can look up the lyrics and find songs, but of course this would be much easier.
  • Never used it, can someone explain why it's better than Shazam?
  • Nicer looking, more options, Mango ready (fast app switching, faster graphics, pin to Start options), share options for FB/Twitter, unlimited song IDs (Shazam has limits!), more accurate, you can hum the song, you can text search.....and on and on
  • Thanks for the info. I'm pretty sure on some Nokia screenshots there's a "Tag Now" shortcut to Shazam so the Mango version shouldn't be too far (I knew I should have saved that screenshot, could have been a Samsung/HTC afterall). I have full Shazam due to getting it early so nothing exceptional for me but text and humming options sound cool. If they do actually work that would be a nice alternative, will give it a go.
  • Meh, the functionality of Bing Music is more than enough... and besides as someone else here said, I can't really remember the last time a public radio station played good music. Good work on staying on top of coverage but this app is definitely a pass.
  • I use these types of apps a few times a week, but never for radio. I use it for movie trailers, commercials, if a friend is using Pandora and I want to save the track for later (because it was new to me).Just last weekend I used Bing Music in "The Rum Diary" to ID a song during a nightclub scene.So I think it's a bit unfair to suggest that it's only used for IDing radio songs...
  • Finally! I hate how shazam has 5 tag limits.
  • There's no limit for people who got it in the first few months, did you just recently get your phone?
  • It won't log into Facebook for me either.
  • Its good to see SoundHound finally comes to Windows PhoneIts way better than shazem (Yes I've tried them both) , but the best one will be TrackID by Sony ErcissonIts one of the few reasons that stopped me from getting a WP
  • That's one of the reasons that stopped you from getting a WP? Why?
  • Works really good