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Use Google Assistant Like Shazam to Identify Songs

Use Google Assistant Like Shazam to Identify Songs

Emily Price, Gawker Media

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We've all been using Shazam for years to figure out what song is playing at our local bar. Now you can get the same experience right in Google. This week Google added a new music lookup feature to Google Assistant. With it you can say "Hey Google, what song is this?" and get information about whatever might be playing around you.

Results include the song's name and artist, lyrics, and links to stream the tune on YouTube, Spotify, and Google Music.


Like Shazam, it seems to only work for recorded music, so you won't be able to name that cover band's song unless they're literally just like the real thing.

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It also doesn't seem to work for everything. For instance, it couldn't identify a few Avett Brothers song I threw at it, but it was able to identify "Oops, I Did It Again" in less than a second.


The Pixel 2 already had the ability to passively listen to music and identify what's playing. That feature requires listening for roughly a minute. Pixel owners will still have that exclusive feature, but they can take advantage of Google Assistant's song recognition feature as well.

Siri has had Shazam integration since iOS 8.

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