With many shows boasting high production values, everything including the soundtrack is impressive. For many people, watching your favorite show makes your ears wake up to the soundtrack. Great music identifying apps like TuneFind and Shazam do the job better than ever, but now you can identify your favorite songs without even needing a third-party app!
If you’ve always wanted help identifying earworms you’ve heard on TV and in movies, don’t worry because your phone is here to help.
Google Assistant / Siri
Instead of going to an app store and quickly finding an app that will identify a song that’s playing at that time, there’s a much faster way to identify a song on a show you’re watching.
Android users just have to say “OK Google. What is this song?“While iPhone users can say”Hey Siri, what is this song?”To make their phones start listening to the track that’s playing. The results are very accurate and Siri is actually using the Shazam integration, so it works like the OG song identifier app would.
If Siri is disabled on your iPhone, you can use our guide on how to turn off Siri. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s literally the same process to turn Siri on and off, except for the slider at the end.
On Android, to activate the Google Assistant, press “Google app -> More -> Settings -> Google Assistant -> Assistant”, then select your phone under Assistant devices and activate it. They didn’t make it easy and something tells us it wasn’t an accident.
TuneFind is a website that lists all the songs that appear in TV shows, movies, and even video games. It provides an easy-to-use searchable database that includes nearly 100,000 TV shows, movies and video games. TuneFind relies on its user community to identify songs in the media. If approved, the song will appear on the page for that particular TV show, movie, or video game. The rest of the TuneFind community can then vote on the song’s accuracy.
The ability to recommend songs and vote on their accuracy will require registration. In addition, the song samples can be played directly on the TuneFind website, allowing users to easily identify the song they are looking for. In addition to listing the songs that appear, TuneFind also provides links to purchase or stream each individual song.
Similar to TuneFind, Which song is a website that lists songs that appear in TV shows and movies. Unfortunately, WhatSong doesn’t include video games in their database, so if you’re a gamer, you’ll probably want to stick with TuneFind. In addition, WhatSong has a significantly smaller database than TuneFind. At the time of this writing, WhatSong’s database includes approximately 2,100 movies and 256 TV shows.
While this still represents a large database, WhatSong tends to look to more recent mainstream titles. As a result, you will have a harder time finding more obscure or older titles. Like TuneFind, WhatSong has links to buy or stream the tracks. Additionally, WhatSong offers YouTube integration, which allows users to play the entire song from YouTube without having to leave the WhatSong website.
Shazam has been a must have app for music lovers for several years. The app allows users to discover new music wherever they go. Anytime you hear a song you love – whether it’s on the radio, playing in a bar, or in a TV show or movie – Shazam can quickly and easily identify unfamiliar songs. In addition to accurately identifying all the songs you come across, the Shazam app incorporates a number of other useful features.
After identifying a song, Shazam will provide users with links to purchase or stream the song. It also provides artist information, lyrics, and other related information, such as upcoming concerts in your area. In addition, Shazam offers recommendations of other songs that you might like based on your previous Shazams. Shazam is a free app available for virtually any device, including Android, ios, Apple Watch, Android Wear and macOS.
If you have already installed the photo-centric Snapchat social networking app on your Android or ios device, you don’t need to download Shazam. This is because Shazam is integrated with Snapchat. To use Shazam to identify a song, just open the SnapChat camera. While the song in question is playing, press and hold the screen. You should see little musical notes emanating from your finger as Shazam does his thing.
When Shazam identifies the song, the track information is presented to you. In addition, you have the option to share your latest musical discovery with your friends via a Snap. While SnapChat’s Shazam seems to take a bit longer to identify songs, it’s still just as accurate as ever.
Similar to Shazam, SoundHound is another app that “listens” to music and identifies track information. Performance is on par with Shazam, as SoundHound is able to accurately identify song information within seconds. What sets SoundHound apart from Shazam is its ability to identify songs based on the song or hum of the users. The results can be spotty, but it’s a useful feature when you have a melody stuck in your head and it’s pushing you up a wall.
SoundHound offers free and premium versions for both Android and ios devices. The premium version, called SoundHound Infinity, will set you back $ 6.99 at the time of writing. The free version is ad-supported, which makes the interface cluttered and somewhat difficult to navigate.
Did you know that you can still Shazam songs when you have headphones and there is a whole list of Android apps that can identify songs? What’s your favorite way to find song information? Let us know in the comments!
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