What song is this? 7 Apps for Identifying Songs

Have you ever been in a situation, when a really cool song is playing in a cafe or in a shopping center and you kind of want to know what it is in order to save it for later? If yes, you’re in the right place! With today’s technical advances it is just as easy as possible.

Technological progress has gone so far, that writing down lyrics and googling them afterward is just a waste of your precious time now.

There are lots of special apps for identifying anything that can be heard (from music in commercials to TV shows and even your own humming!) in just a few seconds. Give them a try and never miss a chance to save all the good stuff!


Shazam is the most popular music ID app. It became available on smartphones in 2008 and since then has been gaining more and more popular among users. The app still remains the best, when it comes to identifying songs, because of its enormous database.

Shazam is quite simple in use. All you need to do is to tap the big blue button with the logo on your screen while a song is playing and the app will give you all the information about the track. Moreover, Shazam is going to show you the biography and discography of the artist.

Plus, you will be able to add the found track to your Rdio or Spotify playlist, watch the YouTube video of the song if it has one and sees all the related items. There are really quite a lot of things you can do!


If you worry about screwing it up with turning on the app not fast enough to get a wanted song, you can enable Auto Shazam function, which allows ‘shazaming’ songs in a default mode. What it means is that the app will automatically be saving all the songs that you are going to come across on your way.

If you do not have an internet connection at the moment when a wanted song is playing, Shazam has the solution as well: you can just record a piece of the tune and identify it later. Another interesting feature of Shazam is the ability to recognize TV shows.

Shazam is closely connected with all kinds of social networks. You can share your findings with your Facebook friends and see what it is they are ‘shazaming’. What is more, you can see what your favorite artists are listening to as well! The app gives you different recommendations and updates, so you can see all the new stuff and keep up with the times.

There are two versions of the app. If advertising annoys you, you can get yourself Shazam Encore, which is ad-free. Shazam is available on both iPhone and Android devices. Even Windows Mobile and Blackberry have the app. Start using it now and do not miss a tune!



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SoundHound is another great app, which identifies music quickly and precisely. Its features are in many ways similar to Shazam’s, however, there are some differences between the two apps. SoundHound is famous for its ability to recognize songs by someone’s humming.

Got a melody stuck in your head? Sing it to SoundHound and there’s a good chance you’ll be lucky to find our who is the artist and other connected details.

SoundHound, unlike Shazam, doesn’t display related stuff. Nevertheless, it does effectively provide all the other essential information, which is enough for an average user. You can also save tunes for later when you’re offline; and let your friends know about songs that you’ve found using Twitter or Facebook.


SoundHoud definitely has lots of cool features. For instance, it enables users to follow lyrics in a real time. Try this app as well – maybe it will suit your tastes better! There are also two versions, the only difference between which is the presence of advertisement.




MusicID is less popular that Shazam and SoundHound and much simpler. Most basic functions coincide, however, the app isn’t for the ones who love apps with lots of additional features. The only regime of its working is online.

After identification of a song the app gives you some basic facts about the artist; shows lyrics, YouTube videos and a list of related musicians. It also allows going to a store to buy the track.

MusicID’s peculiarity is the notes that you can write about songs – for example, it can be the information about a place where you’ve heard them.


To sum it up, MusicID is a simpler version of those two apps above. Even though it lacks some features of the mentioned apps, it is still worth downloading. Don’t want to drain your battery? Try using MusicID!




Musixmatch is for the ones who love good lyrics. It is designed to find songs by their lyrics and shows them to a user. You can just say a couple of lines from a song and the app will show you the whole text.

The coolest thing about this app is that it can play songs along with their lyrics, creating something like a karaoke effect. It also identifies music that is playing around you, although it isn’t going to show you as many details about it as the other apps.


Musixmatch is also a website, which stores thousands of lyrics. The app is a good addition to your default music player, especially if you love singing. Download Musixmatch and enjoy your beautiful voice (Oh yes, we know, you have it)! An excellent mood is guaranteed!




Hound is not like other apps. It doesn’t mean to identify music. The thing that it recognizes best is your voice. You can give it all kinds of commands – ask it about the weather, the nearest public places or different kinds of news.

What interests us most here is the opportunity to search for songs and artists just by pronouncing their names. Hound shows lots of useful facts about musicians, such as their biographies, updates in social networks or tour dates.


If you don’t want to waste your time typing, you should definitely get this app. Its functionality is almost unlimited. Apart from the music you can learn about almost everything that comes across your mind! Get it now and appreciate the time Hound is going to save for you!



TrackID – MP3 Downloader & Music Player

For those who want to explore what else the market has to offer in the music identification industry apps, check out this cool software. It can find more than 100 million tracks, so the chances that you will identify the song playing on the radio right away are really high.

When the sing is identified, it is automatically saved in the history of the app. Later, you will be able to add songs right in the app and listen to them via the app player. However, keep in mind that this isn’t free music downloading the app and you can download only those tracks which are allowed by Amazon.

The music player is customizable so you can choose various fun colors for it. Moreover, here you can follow your friends and stay tuned to the music they are currently listening to. You can even create your mutual playlists as well! Apart from that, by exploring new music in this app you can even find new friends based in common interests.



Music Detector

There are many music identification apps on the market nowadays, but not all of them are good and convenient to use. To be honest, this one is really similar to Shazam, but its advantage may be the fact that is it much faster, because it is not so popular – so it’s not overloaded with inquiries.

All the songs that you are searching for will be saved in your history of search. Here you can’t download songs or create playlists like in TrackID but that’s the main idea of this app – to be simple and fast. It has some amount of ads, but it is quite bearable because the app works really fast.



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We’ve introduced you to different kinds of apps that are of great help in finding songs. We hope, you have found something useful for yourself and from now on won’t ever miss the good tracks on your way! Be passionate about music and smart in choosing apps!


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