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What’s This Song? How To Identify A Song Playing Near You

A few days ago, I listened to a song which I really liked that time and decided to download the song on my laptop to listen to it again. But unfortunately, when I reached the home at evening, the song was no more in my mind. I remembered the tune but not lyrics. I tried hard to remember it but failed.

Then from one of my friends I got to know that there are some apps which can identify songs playing around you or just by listening tunes or some lyrics of the song. Then I searched all over the internet and got to know some of the best apps using which you can easily identify a song playing around you.

So, if you too forgot a song or heard part of a song playing in the restaurant and want to know its lyrics then this article is for you. In this article, there are some apps explained which help you to identify any song playing nearby. Some of the apps are known to you and you will be surprised that you can actually identify a song using those apps. So, here we go.

How to Identify a song playing near you

Here are the different apps which will help you to identify any song which you heard but then forget or that you heard in the subway and couldn’t make it out. These applications use different modes to identify a song. Some apps can listen to the tune and then identify the song whereas in some of the apps you can find the song just by using some of the lyrics or words you know of the song. So, let’s save the time and jump to these apps to know that song.

1. Siri (for iPhone users)

Well, iOS users are acquainted with Siri very well. It is a quite popular inbuilt application in iOS devices. You can ask anything to Siri and it will reply you. Now the app is also capable of integrating with many third-party applications. These are the common things you all know.

But, do you know that you can actually ask Siri what’s the song playing there? Well, yes! you can ask Siri to identify a song which is playing near you. You only need to ask Siri “Name that song” or “What’s that song playing “, then Siri will listen to the song and provide you the name of the song. Quite easy, right?

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2. Google now( For Android)

Google now is an inbuilt app in most of the Android phones. This app lets you perform many functions such as setting your alarm, voice search anything and so on. So, just like Siri, Android users can use Google now to identify a song playing near you. The app quickly guesses the song and provides you results. So, for doing this, just launch the app and ask Google now “Name this song”, “What’s this song” or “What song is this” then it will take few seconds to listen and identify the song and then give you the song name.

3. Cortana( For windows phone)

Just like Siri, Cortana is also an inbuilt personal assistant for Windows users which replies to whatever you ask it. But it’s only for Windows phone user. You can also take help from Cortana to identify a song playing near you. Simply ask Cortana any of these questions such as “What’s this song?”, “Name that song” or “Name the song playing”. Cortana will take a while to listen and identify the song and provide you it’s name.

4. Shazam

So, above were some of the inbuilt apps for iOS, Android and Windows devices. Now, Shazam is a third-party app which you need to download from the store on your device. Shazam is one of the best apps for identifying the song playing near you. It is available for iOS, Android and Windows devices.

For identifying any song, you just need to launch the Shazam app and tap the Shazam button while the music is playing around you. It will create some kind of fingerprint of the music and after a little while it will provide you some details of the song such as lyrics, video, artists biography, concert tickets and recommended tracks. You can download the app for free.

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5. Musixmatch

Musixmatch is another great app for recognizing a song playing near you. The app is free to download and available for every device OS. Whether you are using iOS, Android or Windows phone, you can get the app for any device.

Along with music recognition tool, it’s also a music player which allows you to play your own songs on it. For identifying a song you just need to tap the hamburger icon and then select the identify lyrics option. The app will listen to the song which you want to identify and create its fingerprints and it will find the song from its huge database which matches the fingerprint and then gives you details of the song.

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6. Soundhound

Soundhound is a really amazing app to recognize any song playing near you. The best part of this app is that it even identifies a song even if you hum the tune of the song. So, in case if you forgot the lyrics of the song but remember it’s tune, this app would be extremely helpful. The app is also quite easy to use. First, launch the Soundhound app on your phone and then hum the tune of the song you want to identify. It will recognize the song and give its details. Soundhound is available for Android, iOS and Windows devices. You can get this app free of cost.

7. Music ID

You can also recognize the song playing around you using MusicID app. The app is specially made for this purpose. You can easily recognize a song playing near you without any problem. For doing so, just download and launch the app. First, you will have to enable the listen at start option. After that, it will start listening to the song playing and provide you its details.

So, these were some of the best and easy ways to identify a song playing near you. The apps will surely help you in many situations. So, share with us which one did you like the most in the comment box and if you know some other such apps then share them with us.

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Shivani Srivastava

Shivani shrivastava is an active tech blogger. She has graduated from Delhi University. She has contributed a number of great and informative articles to the internet. Apart from blogging she loves music, games, puzzles and reading. Share your views with Shivani in the comments.

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  • So cool girl. this is awesome. sometimes a tune just pops up in my head and i keep thinking what is this song. these are really great tools.
    these services are for free?