Music plays a significant role in everyone’s lives. There are times when you’re out in a mall or at a café, and an excellent song plays, and you want to save the name of the song so you can listen to it again later? Well, music recognition apps are just built for this and Shazam has been the long-reigning champion in the Android market.
Shazam being a big app which runs in the background consumes a lot of memory resources which at times can be annoying. Shazam may be the most popular app in finding the music that you love, but it isn’t the only one.
The Google Play Store has a wide selection of apps which can be used for recognising unknown music. So, if you are looking for a similar app, here in this article, we have listed out five best Shazam alternative apps which are available for Android.
Also read: Top 7 apps to fend off smartphone addiction
SoundHound – Music Discovery & Hands-Free Player
SoundHound can be called as the best alternative for Shazam. It primarily focuses on searching for and discovering new music. It not only recognises music but you can also sing/hum to it just in case the song is not playing around.
The app also helps you get the lyrics and a link to its music video.
SoundHound also has in-built AI where you can talk to the app with your voice and command it to search for songs and the app will play it for you.
Musixmatch – Lyrics for your music
Musixmatch is a top-rated app to find out the lyrics for your favourite songs. Along with that, the app also provides a feature to recognise music and show the lyrics along with it.
The app also allows you to identify and get the lyrics to any song that’s playing around you with one tap and search for your favourite song by title, artist and even just using a single line of the lyrics.
It has various other features related to the lyrics such as the Floating Lyrics widget, direct integration with Spotify and much more.
Genius – Song Lyrics & More
Genius is a highly-rated and one of the most popular apps when it comes to song lyrics and artist facts. It can identify songs for you, but it’ll also show the lyrics and the official music video if available.
Further, you can choose to share the song you just identified to other apps or even play it on various music streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
You can always share your discovery with others as the app saves all identified songs separately.
Beatfind – Music Recognition / Visualizer
Beatfind is a simple app, and its main purpose is to recognise the music. It does not come with a lot of extra features like the other apps, but it is good at what it does.
It has some great features like the in-built visualizer gets sound data from the microphone and synchronises with music — a history list of recognised songs.
You can also listen to all recognised songs on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube. It also has an interesting feature where it makes a strobe light effect using the device’s flash in sync with music beats.
This may not be an app, but it is a very good music identifier. The Google Assistant has an in-built feature which can be used to identify songs. You can ask the assistant, “What am I listening to?” or “What song is playing?” and either of these will trigger the identification.
It provides links to listen to the song on desired streaming service and also a YouTube link to its official music video.
Most of the times, this AI driven assistant is accurate with her search and recognition. So if you don’t want to install any other app, you can use Google Assistant to recognise music for you.
So these are a few alternatives that can be used in place of Shazam if it ends up not working or if it fails to recognise what you’re listening to. All the apps mentioned above are highly capable and also come with great features except for music identification.
Tech head. Loves Manchester United and headbanging to Rock music. Avid timelapse maker. Currently studying to become a web developer and an artist.