Six Music Recognition Alternatives to Shazam for PC

Six Music Recognition Alternatives to Shazam for PC

Are you looking for alternatives to Shazam for PC? With so many ways to listen to and capture music, we thought it important to set the record straight by letting you know there are indeed alternatives to Shazam.

While Shazam has helped thousands of users, not everyone loves the recognition tool, and not everyone has access to it because Shazam doesn’t have dedicated Windows applications. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of music recognition services if Shazam isn’t cutting it for you.

If you’re searching for new ways to capture music, we’ve listed six music recognition tools you should consider for your music needs. We’ll examine each tool and its benefits, functionality and everything you need to know to make an informed choice when it comes to how you capture music.

1. Cortana on Windows 10

Cortana is Microsoft’s digital assistant and was introduced to us through Windows 10. If your device uses Windows 10, you can utilize Cortana to identify songs. To do this, simply open Cortana and if you have the voice feature enabled say “Hey Cortana.” After this say, “What is this song?” Cortana will get to work listening for music using your device’s microphone and then let you know what she finds.

Another neat feature is that Cortana can recognize songs playing directly on your PC in the same way. In this instance, make sure you aren’t using headphones and that your device’s microphone will pick up the audio being played.

2. Alexa Music Commands

If you’re a techie audience member, then we think you’ll benefit from this option. While Alexa can perform more than 3,000 commands, most people ask her to help with a simple request to play music.

Alexa’s music commands are direct and straightforward. To get music playing in your home, say the “Alexa, play some music” command.

However, for this article, we are focused on what Alexa can do to help you identify music! If you recall song lyrics, but can’t seem to remember the song title, you can say “Alexa, play that song that goes, ‘I used to rule the world, seas would rise when I gave the word,” and she would know to play “Viva La Vida” by Coldplay.

3. SoundHound

Perhaps one of the closest tools to Shazam, SoundHound provides users a full-featured music identification interface with a big orange button that reads “Ok Hound.”

When users hit this button, SoundHound will begin tagging whatever it is you are listening to. Some neat features of SoundHound is it allows users to sing and hum into the microphone of their device and SoundHound will recognize that catchy song that has been stuck in your head for days.

4. Audiggle

Similar to Shazam and SoundHound, Audiggle will listen to whatever is playing on your PC. With this recognition tool, you can capture audio from not only music but also a variety of other sources:

  • Soundtracks
  • Online video
  • Internet Radio

With Audiggle, you can capture just about any major audio source. While Audiggle works best by capturing high-quality audio, it can recognize background music that might not be very loud or easy to identify with human ears.

5. midomi

This web-based music recognition tool lets you identify songs by singing or humming into your microphone. The neat thing about midomi is that you contribute to the music database. If you desire, you can use midomi’s online recording studio in any language to record yourself singing. The next time someone goes to search for the song you recorded, you could appear as a top result.

Midomi can be a place where you not only discover music but where you discover other people. You can create your own profile, sing your favorite songs, and share them with other midomi users.

6. Musixmatch

Musixmatch lets you search and share song lyrics & translations. Additionally, Musixmatch enables you to display lyrics synchronized with music being played. This means the tool can access your music library and track lyrics from several music streaming services such as Spotify, Google Play Music and YouTube.

Musixmatch is unique because it used to be associated with Spotify. Users of Musixmatch will have access to a huge catalogue of music lyrics in the translation they need.

Looking for Ways to Play Your Newly Discovered Music?

Today’s music listeners have a large selection of music recognition services to choose from. Once you find your new songs, you’ll need somewhere to listen to them. Whatever service you prefer, you can rest easy knowing you can listen to and find lyrics for all your new song discoveries!


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Kayla Matthews is a technology writer and the editor of Productivity Bytes. Her work has been featured on Digital Trends, MakeUseOf, VICE, VentureBeat, The Daily Dot and WIRED, among others. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts.

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