Those who have spent any time around me at all know I love music. In previous posts I have analyzed the benefits and differences between such music services:

These are just a few of the articles I have written about music nerdiness. (I think I just made up a word.) The point is, this is a big part of my life… the ability to listen to whatever music I like whenever I like.

I wanted to clue you in to a system I have been using recently that involves three different music apps – but serves my needs.


  • I think Pandora does a better job than the others when it comes to their “radio” function – finding similar songs to play.
  • Spotify is the best at playing exactly the song you want to hear when you want to hear it. Spotify is not as good at discovery.
  • SoundHound is the hands down best at being able to identify a song by sound.

How is that for music nerd? I am using algebra proofs in my example. haha

Here is my latest way to find a great selection of music.

Step 1 – Turn on Pandora (lately it has been the Yacht Rock Radio station because it has great 70s easy-listening music) and just start listening.

Step 2 – Open the SoundHound app on my phone.

Step 3 – When I hear a song I want to add to my playlist, I hit the button on SoundHound – it identifies the track. But more than that, I have it connected to my Spotify account so it adds it to my SoundHound playlist on Spotify. It does this automatically. (it will do this with Apple Music too, I just don’t like that one)

Step 4 – Next time I am in Spotify, open the SoundHound playlist and add the songs to the appropriate playlist in Spotify.

It sounds like a lot of work, but it is really quick and easy once you understand the flow of information.

by Chris Doelle

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