Here’s a neat little widget from Google Play, a new addition to the Play app line up: Sound Search.
The idea is that if you are out and about and hear a tune that you really like but don’t know what it is, you can pull out your phone, tap the “What’s this song?” button on your home screen and a few seconds later you’ll be told just what it is!
How to Install Sound Search
- Go grab the app from the Play Store
- The app is a widget, so head to your app folder and select widgets
- The app is listed as “Sound Search” so don’t make the mistake I made by trying to search in amongst the Google prefixed widgets!
- The widget can also be added to your lock screen, so you don’t even need to unlock when seeking out a new tune.
Sound Search Features
The new Google Play Sound Search app doesn’t seem to feature rich as some of the other music recognition apps, it also appeared to be fairly slow in recognising tunes (but I must admit I have not done an objective like for like comparison). Some of the more obscure tracks I tested with weren’t recognised.
On the plus side, the app integrates with the rest of the Google Play ecosystem so once recognised you can quickly make a purchase and add the music to your Play Music account for future listens. It’s all very quick and seamless.
The app also stores a history of matches, useful for reviewing at a later date when you are looking for inspiration.