Cortana Can Help Identify That Song You’re Listening To

Dave LeClair 26-02-2016

When you think about identifying music, Shazam What's That Song? Shazam Finally Hits The Mac App Store Music identification app Shazam has finally made its way to the Mac, allowing you to easily identify the music playing around you without reaching your your phone. Read More is probably the first thing that comes to mind. It’s one of the first services to be able to listen to a song and tell you who it’s by and what the song’s name is How to Identify Music and Songs in YouTube Videos Wondering how to identify a song from a YouTube video? Here's a YouTube song finder walkthrough to identify music from videos. Read More .


As it turns out, Windows 10 users don’t need any kind of third-party software to identify music on their PC. Instead, they can just turn to their everyone’s favorite personal assistant, Cortana How to Find Which Windows 10 Apps Work With Cortana Cortana can be really useful, but how are you supposed to know which apps support her? Here's how to find out in the blink of an eye. Read More .

To use this feature, you’ll need to say “What song is this” to her. If you have the Hey, Cortana feature enabled How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More , then you can say use that to launch the assistant. If not, you’ll have to click on the button on the taskbar and then click the microphone to speak.


Hold the device on which the music is playing to the speaker (or let it play from the computer itself), and Cortana will tell you what’s playing.

I found that feature worked well for finding popular songs (Linkin Park, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, in my testing), but it didn’t find some more obscure stuff (Insane Clown Posse, Atreyu for example). It did ID the band In This Moment quickly, and they’re not as well known as some of the others. Your mileage may vary, but the feature does work quite well overall.


How do you identify music on your PC? Let us know in the comments!

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