Apps like Soundhound and Shazam are awesome. They let us figure out which song you’re dancing to in a crowded place without having to bother the bartender. They prevent those moments when you feel like baby spiders are exploding out your ears because you can’t figure out which song is playing. They’re like the Jennifer Lawrence of apps. Good at what they do, fundamentally appealing, backlash-repellant. How can you hate on an app that tells you what you want to know when you want to know it?
Right now, Shazam is the better known of the music discovery apps. But it may lose fans to Soundhound, because Soundhound just announced an excellent new feature: an “Add to Spotify” feature that lets iOS users put their recently discovered songs onto a Spotify playlist.
This is especially handy because it lets users create playlists with new music without exiting out of Soundhound. So if someone’s at an event with lots of interesting songs playing, they can keep using Soundhound to identify them while getting playlists in motion. And it’s just a little adjustment, but for people who use Soundhound and Spotify, it’s the kind of small convenience that makes both apps better.
“Spotify and SoundHound’s shared passion for music discovery makes this partnership a natural fit,” said Alex Norström, the VP of Growth for Spotify. “At Spotify we want to be everywhere people discover, talk about and engage with music.”
It’s still impossible to hate Shazam, but it’s definitely disappointing that it doesn’t have this feature yet. This is a relatively small adjustment for Soundhound but it shows that the app is coming up with new ways to integrate with other music apps to make the user experience better. It’s very frustrating when apps that could work well together don’t, so it’s nice to see Soundhound doing it right.
H/T The Verge | Photo via Soundhound