Video & Audio|August 27, 2011| Author: Kim LaCapria|Tags: ,

SoundHound, Spotify Hook Up in Europe

Music identification service SoundHound has paired up with Spotify in Europe, gaining access to the music streaming service’s 15 million tracks, it was announced Thursday.

Analogous to the iPhone app Shazam, SoundHound allows users to ID music by “listening” to a playing track, as well as users humming or singing the tune while the app is tagging. SoundHound is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices, and links users up to YouTube videos and lyrics when a song is identified by the app. Now users of Spotify Premium can use the “play now in Spotify” option to immediately stream the track. Those without premium accounts will be “invited” to sign up for the service.

Katie McMahon, vice president at SoundHound, commented in a press release:

“Spotify is a natural fit with SoundHound, the most groundbreaking mobile music search and discovery platform in the world. Our European users have been requesting seamless access to Spotify, and today they can enjoy SoundHound’s fast, beautiful and unlimited music search and discovery with instant access to listening to full tracks.”

Chief content officer at Spotify Ken Parks said:

“Spotify and SoundHound share a desire to offer their users access to the music they love, whenever and wherever they want it. The partnership between Spotify and SoundHound will offer SoundHound’s users access to a compelling mobile music discovery experience.”

SoundHound is currently available in the iTunes Store and Android Market.