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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.
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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Arts: music
- Skills: Tech Skills: using and applying technology
- Price: Free-$6.99
- Release date: April 1, 2010
- Category: Music
- Publisher: Melodis Corp.
- Version: 3.10
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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