With many shows boasting high production values, everything including the soundtrack is impressive. For many people, while watching your favorite show, your ears perk up thanks to the soundtrack. Great music-identifier apps like TuneFind and Shazam do the job better than ever, but you can now identify your favorite songs without even requiring a third-party app!
If you’ve always wanted help identifying the earworms you’ve heard on TV and in movies, don’t fret, as your phone is here to help.
Instead of going to an app store and quickly finding an app that will identify a song that’s playing right at that moment, there’s a much quicker way to identify a song in a show that you’re watching.
Android users need only say “OK Google. What is this song?” while iPhone users can say “Hey Siri, what is this song?” for their phones to start listening to the track being played. The results are very accurate, and Siri actually uses Shazam integration, so it works just like the OG song identifier app would.
If Siri is off 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 turn on Google Assistant, tap “Google app -> More -> Settings -> Google Assistant -> Assistant,” then select your Phone under Assistant Devices and turn it on. They haven’t made it easy, and something tells us that’s not an accident.
TuneFind is a website that catalogs all of the songs that appear in television shows, movies and even video games. It provides a easy-to-use searchable database that is comprised of nearly 100,000 TV shows, movies and video games. TuneFind relies on its community of users to identify the songs present in media. If approved, the song appears 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. Furthermore, song samples can be played directly within the TuneFind website, allowing users to easily identify the song they are looking for. In addition to listing songs that appear, TuneFind also provides links to purchase or stream each individual song.
Similar to TuneFind, WhatSong is a website that indexes the songs that appear in television shows and movies. Unfortunately, WhatSong does not include video games in their database, so if you’re a gamer, you’ll probably want to stick with TuneFind. Furthermore, WhatSong has a significantly smaller database when compared to TuneFind. At the time of this writing, WhatSong’s database consists of about 2100 movies and 256 TV shows.
While this still amounts to a large database, WhatSong tends to skew toward more recent mainstream titles. As a result, you’re going to have a harder time finding more obscure or older titles. Like TuneFind, WhatSong does have links to purchase or stream the tracks. Furthermore, WhatSong features 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 a number of years. The app allows users to discover new music literally wherever they go. Whenever you hear a song you like – whether it’s on the radio, playing in a bar, or featured on a TV show or movie – Shazam can quickly and easily identify unknown songs. In addition to accurately identifying all of the songs you come across, the Shazam app integrates a number of other useful features.
After identifying a song, Shazam will provide users with links to purchase or stream the track. It also provides artist information, lyrics and other related information, such as any upcoming concerts in your area. Furthermore, Shazam offers recommendations of other songs you may like based on your previous Shazams. Shazam is a free app that is available for virtually every device out there, including Android, iOS, Apple Watch, Android Wear and macOS.
If you already have the photo-centric social networking app Snapchat installed on your Android or iOS device, you don’t have to download Shazam. That’s because Shazam is integrated into Snapchat. To use Shazam to identify a song, simply open the SnapChat camera. While the song in question is playing, press and hold the screen. You should see little music notes emanating around your finger while Shazam does its thing.
When Shazam identifies the song, you will be presented with the track info. In addition, you have the ability to share your latest music discovery with your friends via a Snap. While Shazam from within SnapChat seems to take a tiny bit longer to identify songs, it’s still just as accurate.
Similar to Shazam, SoundHound is another app that “listens” to music and identifies the track information. Performance is on par with Shazam, as SoundHound is able to accurately identify song info in a matter of seconds. What sets SoundHound apart from Shazam is its ability to identify songs based on users’ singing or humming. Results can be spotty, but it is a useful feature when you have a tune stuck in your head and it’s driving you up a wall.
SoundHound has free and premium versions for both Android and iOS devices. The premium version, called SoundHound Infinity, will run you $6.99 at the time of this 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 on and that there is a whole list of Android apps catered to identifying songs? What is your preferred method of finding song information? Let us know in the comments!