What is the name of that song? Complete guide that describes online music recognition services that will help you identify the name of any song without knowing the artist name or even the lyrics.

Doesn’t this happen all the time? When you are sitting with friends in a restaurant or driving to work, and you hear a beautiful piece of music playing on the FM radio. Now as you want to hear this music more often u would love to buy a copy of that music album for yourself as you can play and listen to it as many times you want or where ever you want. But the problem now is that you are not able to identify the lyrics nor do u know the name of the album! Now how do you get that song into your playlist?

Your situation will be like “what’s the name of that song? I don’t remember the lyrics either!”

Search engines like Google or Bling will not be of much help to you in this situation. If you know how they work, you will need to know a couple of words from the song or have some minimum details like the name of the album or at least the artist. Now how will you get the song which caught your attention into your playlist?

Well, here is the most appropriate aid to your problem. Below are some of the best music recognition services that can help you identify the song names without having to know the lyrics or any other details. You may use them to identify the music playing from the radio, TV, internet or that CD playing in the bar.

1) Using Apps

1a, SHAZAM: Shazam is a mobile application that will help you to identify your songs. This application is applicable to be installed on various phones such as your iPhone, BlackBerry, windows mobile, Android or even on your Nokia S60 phone. You may also use Shazam on your iPod Touch, provided you have an external microphone.

Now, here is a small glimpse as how easy the usage of this application is going to be for you to identify your song. First you simply need to install the Shazam application. Now as your song is playing all you need to do is hold your phone towards the audio source and hit the Tag button and let Shazam identify the playing music. A small note; Shazam works only with pre-recorded music and not with live performances.

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The free version of Shazam will help you identify up to five different tracks per month! While Shazam Encore, the paid version of this application, offers unlimited tracking for just $4.99. If Shazam is not able to recognise the track, you will not be charged. If you are in the UK, you can use any mobile phone to recognise the music with Shazam, all you need to do is just dial 2580 and hold your phone to the music and it will be identified.

1b, MusicID– MusicID helps you identify the music with with your iphone. Just hold your iPhone against the playing song and it will tell you the playing song. This application is a 3$ iPhone App available worldwide. But if you are on AT&T you may also use your BlackBerry, Windows or any Java phone to identify music with MusicID.

Like Shazam, MusicID also works only with pre-recorded music and they also have an SMS based service for people in the US that does not require any downloads; for this you have to just dial a short code, hold your phone against the preferred music and you will get a text message with the result.


2a: Midomi – This happens to all of us almost every time. We would have just heard a song and found that the tune is stuck in our minds and we keep humming it all day long without even knowing the lyrics. If this is your situation and you need to know the song all you need is Midomi. Now all you need is just grab a microphone, hum that tune yourself and Midomi will identify and tell you the song. Alternatively, you can also play a short recording of that ‘unknown’ track for Midomi to identify its name.

Unlike Shazam which is a mobile app, Midomi offers a web interface where in you can hum or sing the track for about ten seconds and the service will enable you to view a list of matching songs. For best results keep the volume bar in green and avoid background noise.

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Midomi is free while using the service online. It also offers mobile Apps for iPhone, Android, Nokia Ovi and Windows Mobile Phones. In the above vases you can get the song by holding your phone to a speaker or by singing or humming the tune to your phone itself.


3a: AudioTag– This app will help you if you have a short recording of the song on your computer or your mobile phone, you can use the online recognition service at AudioTag to figure out the exact name of the song. This is a beneficial app as you can just record the audio on your phone and get it identified whenever you go online.

You can simply upload a short audio snippet or even the whole song and AudioTag will try to identify the track title by comparing the audio to its own music database. For best results you should either take a slice from the song or upload the whole song and the recognition engine will choose slices randomly from the song by itself.

AudioTag can be useful especially when you can record a portion of the song on your mobile device,  and then check out the information of the related song whenever you go online.


4a WatZatSong -Technology is after all just created and modified by man. When these computers or mobile apps fail to identify the song you were looking for, you can take the help of human beings who might have knowledge about that particular song you are looking for.

WatZatSong (what is that song?) is a social sight where in you can upload a short MP3 audio recording of that song, or a self-recorded piece by either humming or singing by yourself and the other members in the group can help you identify the name of that song with their knowledge. This system will obviously take more time to provide results compared to the above systems but you can make it easier for the other people by providing as much information as you can like the language, music style etc;

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Social networking is a huge network. To make your work easier you can also cross-post the same piece you uploaded in WatZatSong request to other social networking sights like Twitter, Facebook, etc; so the entire network can help you search the song.

4b NAME MY TUNE- This works in a much easier fashion. All you need to do is sing or hum a short piece of the song you wish to identify. Once you are done recording, upload and enter the Genre and Era of the song which you think is most likely to fit the song you are looking for. My Name Tune will send younan email when other people in the sight are able to recognize the song.


5a Musipedia- This app will help you identify the song without knowing the lyrics or even being able to hum the song, you don’t require a recording of any sort to be able to use this app. With Musipedia, you can search for a song by either playing it on a virtual keyboard or by wish listing it to the computer using any microphone.

Musipedia was styles after Wikipedia and works best at finding classical music. Unlike Shazam which will only find out songs that exactly match the recording. Musipedia can identify all music that contain a particular melody that you just recorded by humming or played through the computer keyboard.

MelodyCatcher- This is an app which works similar to Musipedia. If u can play the tune on a virtual keyboard, MelodyCatcher can help you find the name of the exact song tune you are looking for.

With a simple Java-based onscreen keyboard, you can simply use the mouse to enter the melody, click search, and MelodyCatcher will show you a list of matching songs from across the web. How simpler can searching the nme of a song without lyrics or any other details get. You also do not need to enter the full melody, the first five-seven notes will usually be sufficient to identify the song .