How to Use Music Recognition Apps to Find a Song

Okechukwu Solomon February 16, 2017
Have you ever been in a situation where you happen to hear a song you like, but there is absolutely no way to figure out which song it is? I’m sure you have. It happens to us all, and that nagging feeling of “what song is this?” just doesn’t seem to let go, does it? Well, if you’ve been in such a situation, or if you find yourself in this situation too often,


Well Just checkout the below Music Recognition Apps you can use to Find a Song


1. Shazam

Shazam is one of the most popular apps when it comes to music recognition. The app is available on Android, iOS, and Windows devices, and it works very well. In fact, even Siri uses the Shazam database to identify songs. With Shazam, you can easily identify music around you, find a song, and even get lyrics so you can sing along.

Shazam

If you don’t want to use Siri, Google Now, or Cortana to find out what song is playing around you, Shazam is probably the best app you can use. What’s more, Shazam even remembers the recognized songs, and it can even work when you’re offline.


2. SoundHound

SoundHound is another really great app when it comes to music recognition, or identifying songs. One area where SoundHound is much better than Shazam, is that you can even hum tunes to find a song. The app works very well, even if you’re only humming a part of the song you want to recognize. This is extremely helpful, when you don’t remember the lyrics for the song, and it’s just a song you remember the tune to. Simply launch SoundHound, and hum the tune to it. It really works very well, and can identify songs you hum, almost every time, which is pretty great.


SoundHound is as fast as Shazam is, when it comes to identifying songs, and is an awesome music recognition app.


3. Musixmatch

Another app you can use to recognize songs – Musixmatch, is an app that you can use to quickly identify songs that are playing around you. The app is not just a music recognition app, but also a music player that you can use to play your own music. If you want to use the app for song recognition, you can tap on the hamburger menu icon, and then on “identify lyrics”. Musixmatch then tries to recognise the music that is playing, and find a song that matches the audio fingerprint. The song recognition in Musixmatch is powered by ACRCloud, and works well.




4. MusicID

MusicID is yet another song recognition app you can use to figure out what song is playing around you. The app, especially the first time I launched it, didn’t seem to wanna start listening, let alone recognize songs. However, once the “listen at start” option was enabled, the app worked perfectly fine. You can simply launch the app, and it starts trying to recognize songs playing around you.


Once the app figures out what song is playing, it shows the result, and even saves the search in the app, so you can go through it later. The recognized songs are saved in the “Profile” section of the app, which is visible on the home page itself. Tapping on the saved songs, brings up a number of other songs that are similar to the one the app recognised, along with a link to buy the song on Amazon.


5. TrackID

TrackID is a music identifier, and song recognition app from Sony. The music recognition app is developed by Sony, and powered by Gracenote, and it works very well. It can recognize music playing around you fast enough, and give you the results. The song recognition is usually on point. Everytime TrackID recognize songs, it displays the result, and also saves in the “History” tab in the home page of the app.


Along with the “History” tab, the app also comes with two other tabs:


  • Discover: This tab is useful to identify songs that are new, or trending. The app has a pretty decent list of songs in both the categories, so if you’re looking for new songs, TrackID has you covered.
  • Live: The Live tab in the app is basically a live feed of the songs that people are identifying around the world. You can tap on the songs in the list, and get options to play it on YouTube, share it, and more.
You can use any of the 10 methods mentioned in this article to identify music playing around you. Even if you just have a tune stuck in your head, some of the song recognition apps mentioned are capable of identifying songs even if you just hum the tune.

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