ONLINE MUSIC SERVICE Spotify has announced a partnership with digital sound search company Soundhound, which aims to benefit millions of users across Europe.
The deal gives Spotify Premium users access to the Soundhound music search engine, while free and paying Soundhound users will gain access to Spotify's catalogue of more than 15 million songs.
European Premium Spotify users can now instantly load a song found on Soundhound into Spotify using the 'Play Now in Spotify' button on their Iphone, Ipad, Ipod Touch or Android device, showing seemless integration between the two services.
The Soundhound music search and discovery feature can help users find songs in seconds, either by typing the name, saying the name, singing the song or even humming the tune, the latter of which could prove extremely handy for those nagging songs on the tip of your tongue.
Soundhound also provides song lyrics, a discovery feature for finding new songs, various social networking options and full Ipod integration, enhancing the music-on-demand library offered by Spotify.
"Spotify is a natural fit with Soundhound, the most groundbreaking mobile music search and discovery platform in the world," said Katie McMahon, VP at Soundhound. "Our European users have been requesting 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."
The firms did not reveal financial details of the partnership, but the two services compliment each other so well that it's not surprising a deal was made. There's still room for expansion, however, such as opening up Soundhound to Spotify's free users or offering further integration between the two.
Users of either service will be able to access the other immediately in Europe. It's not clear if there are plans to expand it to other regions around the world, but if it takes off in Europe we imagine it will. µ