Music discovery service SoundHound has partnered with popular streaming service Rdio to launch a new mapping feature in the SoundHound app that displays where it’s 100 million+ users are discovering new music, while offering playback of full tracks via the Rdio app.
The mapping feature is currently only available to users of the ad-supported version of the SoundHound app, but with it they can explore what songs are trending locally and around the world. The app still provides links to buy songs, find out more information on the track and the artist but now it can direct users to Rdio, providing a better playback experience for people using the streaming service.
Although it appears the new app isn’t live yet, as soon as users open the new app, it will automatically load an option to display a map showing songs that have been discovered locally. From there, the map can be drilled down to show how many people are listening to in a specific area or extended to display what is being discovered at a national or global level.
Each individual discovery can be accessed, showing a dedicated SoundHound results page and more information about the track and artist. If a user is a Rdio customer, they can instantly listen to the full track via the Rdio app, if not, they will be asked to download and install it.
SoundHound is a direct competitor of Shazam, which itself has been on a charge as of late. The new features are aimed at offering new and interesting ways to visualise the songs that are being discovered on the service. In the past, the company introduced its new LiveLyrics feature, which was also introduced by its rival.
The new feature is said to be available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. You can download the app using the links below.
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