To say we’re down with Spotify might be an understatement. We gave the service high marks for its sound quality, easy of use and overall speed (read our full Spotify Review). However, one of the major drawbacks of the music service, which offers over 13 million songs streaming on the iPhone for $10/month, is the music discovery component or lack there of. The computer app offer related artist info, while the mobile app, at least on the iPhone will only show what is new and popular in terms of tracks and artists. As a result we’ve heavily relied on apps such as Pandora and SoundHound to discover new tunes. The latter app listens to a track playing over a speaker and identifies it. However, there was no way to automatically find those tunes in Spotify, that is until.
Starting yesterday, SoundHound began including links to Spotify tracks after the service had identified a track. Users commence playing. This works for those that subscribe to Spotify’s premium service, but for those that don’t, they’ll be asked to purchase Spotify before proceeding to the track.
But here in lies the rub: this is currently ONLY available in Europe at the time of this posting. But it’s safe to assume SoundHound US will soon provide the same update, though users on a mobile device that don’t subscribe to the Premium service won’t be able to stream tunes on their mobile device unless they make the $10/month investment.
For the record, SoundHound provides free, unlimited “music recognition, sing and hum recognition, lyric search and voice-recognition for music search, as well as rich features including lyrics, ‘Underplayed’ charts, song previews, YouTube videos, seamless links to iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook and more.”