SoundHound Surpasses 100 Million User Milestone
SoundHound emerges as a must-have app with unmatched feature set of
sound search technologies and engaging content
Phenomenal growth driven virally by social, engaged and mobile user community
Santa Clara, California – September 20, 2012 – SoundHound Inc., the revolutionary sound search company, today announced that more than 100 million smartphone and tablet users around the world have now downloaded SoundHound on their mobile devices and have used the app to identify songs, find new music, learn more about artists, share with friends and enjoy the best immersive mobile music experience. SoundHound is primarily available on the iOS and Android platforms.
"This is a tremendous milestone and an indication that SoundHound has emerged as a top music search, discovery and engagement experience," said Keyvan Mohajer, Founder and CEO of SoundHound Inc. "The speed of growth of our user base has been phenomenal, driven almost exclusively through viral efforts. Unlike so many other mobile apps that eventually plateau or see users switch to other apps, we are welcoming increasing numbers of new users each week and retaining them through an offering of rich features and fresh content."
In January 2010, SoundHound rebranded and had 2 million users. Now, with over 100 million users, SoundHound is seeing new users download the app at an average rate of more than 200,000 per day on the two dominant mobile platforms, iOS and Android, with a peak record of 1 million new users in one day already achieved.
SoundHound users are deeply engaged and social as they spend a significant amount of time within the app during each visit and frequently share music finds with friends through the embedded social networking tools. A recently published Nielsen study found that smartphone and tablet users spend just about the same amount of time using mobile apps this year as last year. SoundHound users buck this trend and continue to visit the app with greater frequency and spend more time within it, a testament to the deeply rich experience it offers.
"We have an incredibly active user base which has driven the growth of SoundHound virally as our users have amazing experiences and recommend us to their friends," explains Katie McMahon, Vice President of SoundHound Inc. "Our mantra of 'fast, accurate, and delightful' is instilled in the experience and, in turn, our users seem to evangelize these core values and convert friends into SoundHound users. There is joy in showcasing blazing fast music recognition that instantly shows LiveLyrics and there's also a sense of fun and contagiousness in searching by singing or humming a tune into SoundHound. Our users have many reasons to open SoundHound and even more reasons to share. It's why we believe growth will only continue."
SoundHound is consistently one of the most popular apps in both the App Store and the Google Play store. Of the 900 million iOS and Android devices activated to date, according to industry reports, SoundHound has been actively used on 1 of every 9 of those devices.
SoundHound offers the most ways to discover and share new music and remains the only music app that allows users to sing or hum to identify a song. SoundHound also continues to enhance the quality of the user experience with the introduction of new features, such as the wildly popular LiveLyrics launched last year, which has reinvented how lyrics are explored through an immersive and interactive experience.
Today, SoundHound users can do so much more than just identify a song – they can see recommendations based on their recent searches, listen to free new music, discover new artists through the 'New Artists' series, check out videos, explore the most tweeted songs and play their own music through the SoundHound Player accompanied by LiveLyrics. They can also search for songs, artists and lyrics.
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.
Resources and Links
- Follow SoundHound on Twitter: www.twitter.com/soundhound
- Be a fan on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SoundHoundFans
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.
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