Sounds is a free app that helps you discover music on SoundCloud, Spotify and iTunes and share it on Instagram and other social networks.
Sounds works by taking a sample and the cover art from a song then you can share it to Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tinder and others. The French startup company behind the app started 3 years ago with another app before moving onto Sounds.
Co-founder and CEO Rhai Goburdhun told TechCrunch: “Unlike other apps, we only use the cover art when you share a song. That’s why our users share a lot more often. We don’t use music as a way to showcase user-generated content.”
Sounds has found it’s niche on Instagram in particular, becoming one of the most popular methods of sharing songs through the photo and video based social network.
Sounds uses SoundCloud, iTunes and Spotify for users to create samples and share songs. Reportedly 25% of the Sounds users spend over 2 hours listening to music using the app every day.
The company behind the app is also in talks with major record labels Sony, Warner and Universal to sign direct licensing deals rather than relying on the SoundCloud API.
CEO Rhai Goburdhun spoke about the future of Sounds, saying: “In six months, we want to make Sounds the unique portal to your music. We are going to add a Shazam-like song identification feature, and all of this without adding new screens. You’ll be able to discover, listen, share, identify and even maybe buy concert tickets.”