Rhapsody takes on Shazam and SoundHound with SongMatch
Rhapsody’s SongMatch joins the list of music identification apps such as Shazam and SoundHound. The app is powered by Gracenote (the same one which identifies music in your iTunes library) and is available for free.
Fortunately, you do not need a Rhapsody account to use the app, making anyone who has an Android phone out there a potential user. The developers will naturally hope to bait new customers into their music subscription service, with the app offering some features only to subscription users. That will include the ability to list and/or download the tracks that you have identified and get in-depth information about the artist/album that you have taken a fancy towards. Have a look at the press release below in its entirety, and hit up the link to get the app. Let us know what you think of the app in the comments!
Rhapsody Launches Music Apps Strategy with Rhapsody SongMatch for Android
The on-demand music service is developing a suite of apps to make music discovery more fun and convenient
SEATTLE—December 5, 2012—Rhapsody kicked off its mobile utility apps strategy today with the launch of Rhapsody SongMatch™, a new free application that allows music listeners to discover music with one click. Rhapsody SongMatch ™ uses your phone to listen to the song that is currently playing – in the background, on the TV, in the car, café or wherever – and identifies the artist, song name and album for music fans to match, store and share.
Free to download and use for anyone, Rhapsody subscribers can also listen and download full tracks of matched songs or dive deep into the album, artist catalog or discover similar artists. For convenience, all matched songs are automatically stored and saved as a playlist for future access. Non-subscribers can also start a hassle-free Rhapsody trial.
“Our customers are music lovers who tell us they use a variety of mobile apps to solve their listening needs and discover new music,” said Paul Springer, senior vice president, worldwide product and design, Rhapsody. “But they get frustrated with advertisements and the lack of full playback. We built Rhapsody SongMatch to seamlessly integrate with our core experience to connect the fun and convenience of mobile apps with full on-demand playback for both subscribers and new customers.”
The company is working on additional purpose-built music apps that are free and complementary to Rhapsody’s premium on-demand music service.
“SongMatch is a great way to introduce new music fans to Rhapsody,” said Springer. “We’ll continue to focus on using over a decade’s worth of experience to solve customer challenges in discovering and playing the right music, right now.“
Rhapsody teamed with the metadata mavens at Gracenote to power the music recognition feature of SongMatch. The Gracenote technology works by “listening” to a few seconds of a song and matching it to its unique audio fingerprint in the Gracenote database. It takes only a few moments for the Gracenote technology to recognize the artist, track and album, letting Rhapsody subscribers to quickly add music to their library and playlists.
Rhapsody SongMatch is available on Android with other platforms launching in the future. It is available in the Google Play Android store or Amazon App Store. For more information, visit www.rhapsody.com/songmatch.
The Rhapsody® digital music service (www.rhapsody.com) gives subscribers unlimited on-demand access to more than 16 million songs, whether they’re listening on a PC, laptop, Internet connected home stereo or TV, MP3 player or mobile phone. Rhapsody allows subscribers to access their music through mobile phones from Verizon Wireless and MetroPCS, through Rhapsody applications on the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, RIM BlackBerry,
Windows Phone 7 and Android mobile platforms as well as through devices from Vizio, SanDisk, HP, Sonos and Philips. Rhapsody is headquartered in Seattle, with offices in Frankfurt, London, Luxemburg, New York and San Francisco. Rhapsody, and the Rhapsody logo are registered trademarks of Rhapsody International Inc. Follow @Rhapsody on Twitter and keep up with the latest on the Rhapsody Facebook page.