SoundHound Launches New Interactive Mapping Feature, Partnering with Rdio for Enhanced Music Discovery
See What Songs are Being Discovered by Your Neighbors, Listen to Them Instantly Using Rdio
Santa Clara, California – December 13, 2012 – SoundHound Inc., the revolutionary sound search company with more than 100 million users around the world, has launched a new mapping feature that allows users to see, at that exact moment, what songs are being discovered and listened to by people on their street or anywhere else in the world. Amplified by Rdio, a digital music service with a library of more than 18 million songs, the new SoundHound music mapping feature enables users to explore what songs are trending in their backyard and around the world. Users can dig in and learn more about the song and artists and have the option to share with friends, buy the song, view videos or link directly to the Rdio app where they can listen to the full track.
"The SoundHound music mapping feature offers users the unique opportunity to explore what songs are trending near them or around the world and encourages users to want to explore and spend more time within the app," said Cheryl Lucanegro, Vice President of Advertising Strategy and Sales for SoundHound. "It also offers Rdio high profile access to millions of active, social mobile users. We are always looking at ways to enhance what is already the best mobile sound search and experience. In launching the mapping feature, we have given our 100 million plus users yet another reason to use SoundHound, discover sound and music and share with friends."
When SoundHound users open the app, they will immediately be greeted with the option to access a map showing songs that have been discovered by other SoundHound users in their area. Users can pinch the screen to get hyper-local detail or extend the map and see what is being discovered in other parts of the country. Each discovery on the map can be tapped to reveal a SoundHound results page with more detail about the artist and the song, watch videos and share your discoveries with friends or on Twitter. Users also can tap to gain direct access to Rdio, where they can listen to the full track and more music by that artist. Users who are new to Rdio will be prompted to download and install it to their mobile devices.
"We're thrilled to be SoundHound's integrated music partner for the release of this breakthrough feature," said Marisol Segal, Executive Director of Marketing, Rdio. "Like Rdio, SoundHound was built for music discovery – that's why this is a perfect partnership. The new music mapping feature takes advantage of the inherent social nature of Rdio, creating yet another opportunity for passionate fans to discover new music."
Currently, the mapping feature is available to users of the ad-supported version of SoundHound. The SoundHound App is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, or at http://bit.ly/soundhoundonios. Users can also download the free version of the SoundHound App and upgrade to the premium version.
On Android devices, SoundHound is available at http://bit.ly/soundhoundandroid.
Windows Phone users can download SoundHound at http://bit.ly/NExZ8X.
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About SoundHound Inc.
SoundHound Inc. is revolutionizing the way people interact with mobile devices by delivering innovative technologies and magical user experiences in sound recognition. SoundHound's applications, SoundHound and Hound, are powered by the company's breakthrough Sound2Sound technology, which has resulted in numerous innovations including the world's fastest music and audio recognition, the world's only viable singing and humming search, instant-response large scale speech recognition systems, and automatic lyrics alignment. For more visit www.soundhound.com.
Rdio is the groundbreaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, listen to, and share music. With on-demand access to over 18 million songs, Rdio connects people with music and makes it easy to search for and instantly play any song, album, artist or playlist without ever hearing a single ad. Discover what friends, people with similar tastes, recording artists, and more are listening to in real-time and share across Twitter and Facebook. Build a digital music collection that's available everywhere - on the web, in-home or in-car, on tablets or mobile phones, and even offline.
Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, one of the creators of Skype. Currently available in the US, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Estonia and the Netherlands, Rdio is funded by Janus Friis through his investment entities, Atomico, Skype and Mangrove Capital Partners. For more information and to sign up, visit www.rdio.com.
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