Have you ever been in a scenario where you hear the music you enjoy but can’t figure out what it is? I’m confident you have.
It happens to everyone, and that nagging sensation of “what music is this?” never seems to go away, does it? So, if you’ve ever been in such a situation, or if you find yourself in one too frequently, we’ve got your back.
Here are some smartphone and online applications that can help you recognize music playing in your environment. There’s no need to be concerned if you can’t recall a song.
There is now a slew of fantastic tools available that will tell you exactly what you’re hearing – some of them very immediately.
‘What Is This Song’- 6 ways to Identify
- Use Shazam
- Use SoundHound
- Ask your phone’s assistant
- Buy a Google Pixel phone
- Use a smart speaker
- Ask on WatZatSong
Let us go through every solution one by one:
Solution 1: Use Shazam
If you’re always asking yourself, “What is this music?” and you’re not a fan of your phone’s assistant, consider a specialized song identification app like Shazam.
Shazam is the most widely used song recognition app on the market. It’s compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Android, and Wear ios devices. Shazam is often faster and more accurate than other applications like SoundHound, but not as much as Siri or Google Assistant.
To access it, go to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and download the app. Then, within the Shazam app, open it and tap the large S logo. It’ll begin listening for a few seconds before returning to you with all the pertinent information about the current song, including the title, album, and artist, as well as links to the track on the more popular streaming services (Apple Music, Amazon Music, YouTube Music), where you can listen to and/or purchase the song.
Shazam may also be used offline. If you don’t have internet connectivity when you hear a piece of new music you like, tell Shazam to listen, and it will tag the audio and identify it later when you do have internet.
Shazam, on the other hand, has significant drawbacks. One of the most significant disadvantages is that it only recognizes original recordings of a song, thus it won’t recognize a tune you hum, sing, or whistle. It also lacks voice commands, which means you’ll have to take out your phone and open the app every time you want to name a song.
Fortunately, there’s a solution for the ‘no hands-free’ issue: simply configure Shazam to identify songs as soon as they start playing, then use your phone’s assistant to launch Shazam hands-free.
For example, say “Hey Google, start Shazam” or “Hey Siri, start Shazam,” and Siri will launch and attempt to identify the current music right away. There is no need to use your hands.
Pros of Shazam
- Songs may be identified with a single tap.
- High precision.
- A large music library is available.
- Music and video tracks may be accessed with a single tap from search results.
- You can see the history of songs you’ve looked up.
- You may access your results from any device if you have an account.
Cons of Shazam
- Only original music recordings are identified; no live tracks, covers, singing, or humming are included.
- There isn’t a hands-free option.
Solution 2: Use SoundHound
Another well-known music recognition tool is SoundHound. It operates similarly to Shazam, allowing you to identify a piece of music with a single button press.
To use SoundHound to identify a piece of music, go to its official website and download and install the program. Then launch the app, hit the large orange SoundHound button, and place your phone close to the music. The song will then be identified by SoundHound.
However, while SoundHound’s core functionality is extremely similar to Shazam’s, there are two key differences:
- The first major difference is that SoundHound can recognize songs when you hum or sing them to them. This is something Shazam won’t be able to perform. SoundHound will be able to tell you what song you’re singing as long as it isn’t outrageously off-pitch.
- The second major distinction is that SoundHound includes a hands-free mode. So, if you’re driving, cooking, or otherwise unable to touch your phone, simply say “Ok, SoundHound, what is this song?” and it will begin listening and identifying the song immediately.
Pros of SoundHound
- Music discovery is as simple as a touch.
- Will recognize tunes you hum or sing.
- Hands-free mode is available.
Cons of SoundHound
- When you hum or sing a tune, accuracy isn’t great.
Solution 3: Ask your phone’s assistant
If you have an iPhone or Android phone, the easiest way to figure out what music is playing is to ask your phone’s assistant.
Siri is the name of the iPhone’s assistant. It’s known as the Google Assistant on Android. It’s known as Bixby on Samsung Android phones. All of these assistants include a built-in feature that tells you what music you’re listening to.
Here’s how to put it to use:
- Open your phone assistant while the music is playing.
- Say something along the lines of “What’s this song,” “Identify this song,” or “identify this tune for me” to your phone assistant, and then hold your phone near the audio source. For activating google assistant, simply say “ok google”.
- After a few seconds, your assistant should show you a result with the name of the song with details such as the title, artist, album, and possibly lyrics, as well as a play button or link to the song (e.g. in Apple Music, YouTube Music where you can watch the music video or Spotify) so you can listen to it, buy it, add it to a playlist or dig for more information. You can also add it to Apple music playlists.
To have your assistant operate even when your phone is locked, follow these steps:
- Turn on ‘Allow Siri When Locked’ in Settings > Siri & Search on an iPhone.
- Turn on ‘Access with Voice Match’ under Settings > Google > Search, Assistant & Voice > Voice > Voice Match on an Android phone. (Note that this is the approach for Google’s stock Android, which is accessible on the Pixel.) The technique may alter somewhat if you have an Android phone from a different manufacturer.)
- Go to Settings > Applications on a Samsung phone. Then type Bixby into the search box and hit enter. As a search result, Bixby Voice will appear. Turn on ‘Use while the phone is locked by tapping the options button on the right.
Siri and Google Assistant both recognize songs rapidly and correctly, almost as quickly as the specialized music recognition applications listed below.
In reality, Siri’s engine is Shazam, so it’s just as quick and accurate as of the Shazam app. For a few years, Google Assistant has been one of the company’s top development goals. It’s vital to their long-term ambitions. As a result, Google Assistant can beat Shazam in most cases.
Bixby, on the other hand, is both less accurate and slower than Siri and Google Assistant. To recognize tunes, all three phone helpers require an internet connection.
Solution 4: Buy a Google Pixel phone
Google’s Pixel phone takes song ID to the next level: it recognizes any music playing nearby and displays it on your lock screen! (Even if you don’t have access to the internet.)
So, if you’re in the market for a new phone, go with a Pixel.
Solution 5: Use a smart speaker
If you have a Google Home smart speaker and hear a piece of music you enjoy nearby (for example, a movie soundtrack), simply say, “Hey Google, what is this song?” and your Google Home speaker will inform you.
The Echo is a smart speaker that does more than simply play music; it can also identify songs. Simply say Turn on ID at any moment to have your Echo identify a piece of music for you, and it will announce the title and artist of each song before it starts playing.
When it’s playing a radio station, though, it doesn’t work as well. It merely tells you the station’s name, not the tune that’s being played.
Solution 6: Ask on WatZatSong
If none of the options above work and you need to know what song it is, you can always go to the WatZatSong web browser.
You share a recording of the song and/or as much information about it as you can then wait for other music fans to respond.
There you have it — six simple methods for determining a song’s title. Hopefully, this will assist you in improving your music listening experience.
What song is this hum?
Open the newest version of the Google app or look for the Google Search widget on your mobile device to enjoy the new functionality. Say “what’s this song?” by tapping on the microphone icon. or use the “Find a song” option. Then, for 10 to 15 seconds, begin humming.
Can Google recognize humming?
You may also touch the “Microphone” icon from the Google Search bar on your home screen on Android smartphones. When you go to the listening screen, you’ll see a “Search A Song” button. It should be tapped. Begin humming or whistling the tune you’re looking for.
Can you Shazam a hum?
While platforms like Google Assistant and SoundHound enable users to search for music by singing or humming a melody, Shazam presently only allows users to identify songs that are played by the original artist rather than hummed or sang by the user.