SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SoundHound Inc., the leading innovator in sound recognition and voice search technologies, today announced that it has enhanced its music app, SoundHound, to include the most advanced voice interface of any mobile app, enabling a hands-free experience. Music fans can now open the SoundHound app, and instead of tapping or swiping, they can interact by using their voices to initiate music searches, play music and videos from YouTube, access deep music knowledge, launch a Pandora station, and even add a song to their Spotify playlist. SoundHound is the only app that allows users to add a song to a Spotify playlist via voice command, plus it features rich artist data, enabling users to gain knowledge about their favorite musicians and albums.
By integrating SoundHound Inc.’s own Houndify platform, the SoundHound app leverages proprietary Speech-to-Meaning technology. Following the unveiling of the Houndify platform in December and the company’s March debut of Hound, the all new voice search and assistant app, SoundHound’s voice capabilities can now be activated in its flagship music experience by opening the app and simply saying, “OK Hound.” This opens up the freedom of music search, discovery and consumption through SoundHound on the go, at home, or anywhere that using your voice is more convenient than looking down at a device to tap or type.
“We are creating a future where we speak naturally to connected devices, starting with our mobile phones and the apps we love,” said Katie McMahon, Vice President and General Manager of SoundHound Inc. “By incorporating ‘OK Hound’ within the SoundHound music app, we bring the power and elegance of our speech-to-meaning technology to our music fans who can now search, discover, play music and videos, and even build playlists, by simply speaking.”
Examples of what music fans can say include:
- “OK Hound, what’s this song?”
- “OK Hound, please play ‘Hello’ by Adele”
- “OK Hound, what’s Justin Timberlake’s latest song?”
- “OK Hound, please add ‘One Day Like This’ to my Spotify playlist”
- “OK Hound, how old is Paul McCartney?”
- “OK Hound, please start a Jack Johnson station on Pandora”
SoundHound is one of the most downloaded music apps of all time, with more than 300 million global users. It includes integration with Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music, Pandora and Deezer. SoundHound has become a mobile platform for artists to launch content and connect directly with fans at the key first moment of discovery – song identification – or when they are seeking music knowledge. With the addition of a natural voice interface, SoundHound now enables even more ways for artists and fans to engage.
Along with SoundHound and Hound, other products and partners leveraging the Houndify technology include NVIDIA, which is incorporating it into their DRIVE CX platform in car dashboards, and Samsung, which is including it within the ARTIK Platform to power Internet of Things devices. Many other Houndified voice interface experiences will be coming in the near future.
To download SoundHound for iOS or Android, visit http://www.soundhound.com. To learn more about Hound, or to download for iOS or Android, visit http://www.soundhound.com/hound. For more information or to get started with Houndify, visit http://www.houndify.com.
About SoundHound Inc.:
SoundHound Inc. turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. We believe in enabling humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally to mobile phones, cars, TVs, music speakers, coffee machines, and every other part of the emerging ‘connected’ world. Our consumer product, Hound, leverages our Speech-to-Meaning technology to showcase a groundbreaking smartphone experience, and is the first product to leverage and showcase the Houndify platform. Our SoundHound product applies our technology to music, enabling people to discover, explore and share the music around them, and even find the name of that song stuck in their heads by singing or humming. And through the Houndify platform, we empower developers to be part of the Speech-to-Meaning revolution. Mission: Houndify everything.