App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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ID tunes instantly -- with iffy lyrics.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

SoundHound wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Simply tap a big orange button to start sampling. Alternatively, speak the title or artist name. Recorded songs were identified within five seconds. Live performances took a little longer -- up to 2 seconds -- but we were blown away by the app's ability to recognize our heavy-metal hum of Smoke on the Water.


Depending on the artist, the app can return lyrics that describe violent acts.


Depending on the artist, the app can return lyrics that describe adult situations or even sex acts.


It depends on the artist, but the app can display lyrics that contain foul or obscene language.


All song matches include a link to the iTunes store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some lyrics brought back by the app contained drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this SoundHound is a music app identifies songs it hears through the iPhone's mic and displays the name and artist along with a link to the iTunes store. The app also returns lyrics, which can contain profanity, sexual themes, or drug references. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGeekMom4 November 1, 2011

unrestricted access to internet - great app but not safe for kids

This is a wonderful app but without proper safeguards its just not for children. It allows full access to an unfiltered internet browser through the lyric searc... Continue reading
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byMontysMom January 20, 2011
Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 July 21, 2012

Good, inexpensive app

This app is really good. It can find songs played on the radio, in a store, if you hum it, etc. It's free, but you can only find a few songs every month. B... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old March 10, 2011


Depends on the artist. They can connect to facebook and twitter. They will be most likely to listen to songs they're not allowed to listen to that they lik...

What's it about?

Kids can search and discover new music using SoundHound. With one tap, SoundHound identifies a song kids they are listening to. And for fun, kids can sing or hum a tune, and the app will do a “singing search” to find the song and artist. Search results are comprehensive, giving information about the song and artist including albums, iTunes links for purchase, YouTube videos, an artist page, etc. And if you want to listen to your own playlists, SoundHound integrates with your iPod and provides the lyrics to your tracks.

Is it any good?

Song stuck in your head? Hum or sing a few bars and Midomi SoundHound, a remarkably accurate music-identification app, can probably tell you everything you could possibly want to know. Title, artist, lyrics, YouTube performances, iTunes buy link. Everything is neatly displayed on one screen. SoundHound recognizes recorded music even faster, in mere seconds. But its ability to recognize songs from live performances is what sets it apart from the inferior Shazam Encore.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love music

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