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Shazam can recognize music from apps, even if it's playing on headphones or in the background

Shazam can recognize music from apps, even if it's playing on headphones or in the background

Before Shazam or SoundHound existed, I remember searching for a year or even more before I found the name of a few songs I heard a couple of times on the radio. Now it's as easy as tapping a button and getting the result. And Shazam is bringing more handy improvements that make song recognition easier while using other apps or if you have headphones plugged in.

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Deezer launches its Shazam-like song recognition SongCatcher for all Android users

Deezer launches its Shazam-like song recognition SongCatcher for all Android users

Deezer has been testing SongCatcher, its in-app music recognition tool for several months, and now it's ready to launch it for all Android users. Later today, starting 3pm CET (in about 3 hours at the time of writing), the functionality should be live for everyone using the Android Deezer app.

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Some apps like Words With Friends 2 can break the Pixel 2's 'Now Playing' music recognition

Some apps like Words With Friends 2 can break the Pixel 2's 'Now Playing' music recognition

The Pixel 2 has been in and out of the news here for issues both major and minor, and today we have a somewhat humorous one. Apparently, it is possible for installed apps, like Words With Friends 2, to interfere with the "Now Playing" music recognition feature. Google is aware of the issue, though, and thankfully it's not that big a problem. 

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[Update: Regional availability] Music recognition in Google Assistant no longer exclusive to Pixel 2, now works on more devices

[Update: Regional availability] Music recognition in Google Assistant no longer exclusive to Pixel 2, now works on more devices

Just about a month ago, the "what's this song" music identification functionality started to roll out to Assistant on both of the new Pixel 2 phones. Google's voice search (for instance, via "Google Now") had this functionality for a long time, but for whatever reason, the transition to the new Assistant stripped that feature away. Although it was back for the Pixel 2, it appears that music recognition in the Assistant is now rolling out to non-Google devices as well. 

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Sony to shut down music recognition service TrackID on September 15, recommends Shazam instead

Sony to shut down music recognition service TrackID on September 15, recommends Shazam instead

There's Shazam, there's SoundHound, there's Google's "what's this song?" and if you have a Sony device, there's TrackID. It's Sony's music recognition service that a lot of users defaulted to because it was preloaded on their devices and because it did a decent job of telling you the title of the song and its artist, while also providing a way to listen to songs, watch their videos, check artist biographies, and save your discovered tunes to Spotify.

But unfortunately, TrackID will be discontinued as of September 15 according to a new notice that's showing up for users inside the app. Sony doesn't give a reason beside businesses needing to move forward, but it's likely that the service was requiring a lot of data, music deals, and maintenance to stay on top of releases and those are resources Sony can't afford anymore.

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