Soundhound Wants to Be Your Personal Assistant

When it comes to identifying songs on the go, I bounce between Shazam and Soundhound. Now the latter has added features that hopes will entice you to use the app like Siri of Google Now. From RAIN:

The program is called Hound, and it will be a direct competitor to Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, or Google Now. The voice-controlled interface is intended to handle complex requests from the person. Wired gave this example: “I need a hotel three Thursdays from now near Fisherman’s Wharf for less than $200 and it needs to have a pool and free WiFi.” The demo by SoundHound founder Keyvan Mohajer also showed improved speed for processing even these complicated orders.

The success of the feature will likely hinge on how well SoundHound is able to reposition itself as a multifaceted tech company rather than just the competitor to Shazam.

If you give it a try, let me know how it works, okay?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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