SoundHound, today announced it is joining forces with digital music service Spotify to enable both free and paid SoundHound users in Europe to instantly access Spotify’s catalogue of over 15 million tracks. The partnership will allow Spotify Premium subscribers to take advantage of SoundHound’s music search and discovery features, which include music, sing and hum recognition.
This service agreement gives SoundHound users on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android the option to ‘Play Now in Spotify’ after identifying a song through SoundHound. In simple terms, Spotify will be the dominate partner as users request songs which launch through Spotify’s service at the users discretion.
Furthermore, the partnership between the two digital music services gives SoundHound users in Europe easier access to becoming Spotify Premium subscribers. I’m not a big user of SoundHound or Spotify for that matter, but apparently some sort of union between the two services has been a request from people who use it in Europe.
To back up that claim, Katie McMahon, vice president at SoundHound said “Our European users have requested seamless access to Spotify, and today they can enjoy SoundHound’s fast, beautiful and unlimited music search and discovery with instant access to listening to full tracks.”
How this alliance will help both services in the future is anyone’s best guess at this point, but to the SoundHound loyalist out there can’t be too enthused to pay for Spotify’s Premium membership just to use its full catalogue of over 15 million tracks. There is no word yet as to when US users should expect the updated music to trickle to their apps.