The major labels will have to deal with increasingly complex ideas, which are coming thick and fast now.
Last time SoundHound pinged our radar, it was preparing plans to go public via a SPAC merger with a $2.1bn valuation.
It’s expected to happen in the first quarter of 2022, at which the company will be listed on the Nasdaq exchange as SoundHound AI.
The music industry’s excitement about voice-enabled devices like Amazon’s Echo family continues. But Alexa is far from the only smart assistant in town: alongside rivals like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Assistant, there’s also SoundHound’s Houndify.
Now business-to-business music firm 7digital has announced a partnership with the latter to help it make more of voice and artificial intelligence (AI) for its customers.
“Voice and AI are set to be the catalysts for re-imagining music streaming in the home and car, where there is huge potential for growth over the next few years,” said 7digital’s deputy CEO Pete Downton in a statement.
We first encountered SoundHound back in the day as a rival to Shazam for identifying music.
In recent years, though, SoundHound has pivoted to focus more on its voice-recognition technology – putting it in a strong position for the current Alexa/Siri/etc-fuelled boom in smart voice assistants.
Its speech AI platform Houndify has been winning approval from music and non-music execs alike, but competing with the likes of Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft is an expensive business.
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We always saw Facebook as a potential acquirer of Shazam at some point. given the latter’s position as a connector between the worlds of music, TV and advertising.
Yesterday, though, it emerged that Facebook has chosen to build this kind of functionality itself. In the coming weeks, a new feature will be added to its iOS and Android apps, initially in the US only, to identify songs and TV shows playing in the background when people post status updates.
“When writing a status update – if you choose to turn the feature on – you’ll have the option to use your phone’s microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV,” explained Facebook’s blog post.
Let’s be brutally honest: giving user figures showing how many people have ever used your app isn’t much use.
Two things have been clear in the last six months: first, that Rdio is striking some clever partnerships (Shazam, SoundHound, Twitter, The Guardian etc); and second, that the service is growing steadily more popular.
Music identification app SoundHound has released a new version of its Android tablet app, revamping the UI and continuing to buddy up with streaming music service Rdio for playback of songs
Shazam announced its 250m users milestone last week, but music rival SoundHound has its own big figure this week.