Can Alexa Identify Songs Like Shazam? (Alexa Shazam)

Smart speakers like Amazon Echo are helpful since they can listen to external noises and play music.

It’s just, well, you know… What’s the point of this if it can’t tell you which song is now playing? Isn’t Shazam capable of doing this just fine?

The truth is… NO, it can’t. For privacy concerns, Amazon Echo does not have a “Shazam” feature. In the meanwhile, there’s a reasonable workaround: You may ask your Resonance to play the music that includes a particular song lyric.

Tristan from Building Automation Point introduces himself. On your phone, Shazam is the most frequent method for discovering the name of a song that’s being played in an unfamiliar place. You may be wondering whether Amazon Echo products can know what song is playing since they can play music and have a microphone to listen to external noises.

I’m afraid the answer to that is no… not really. You can’t just ask their Echo device to identify a song playing since there is no Shazam ability accessible on your Echo devices. Amazon does not want third-party applications to pay attention to everything that happens surrounding an Amazon device for specific privacy concerns. Thus this is a design decision.

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Notwithstanding this, there are very few methods in which you may recognize music with an Echo device. If the Bluetooth device is playing an instrument, you may ask, “what song is this?” It will answer with both the song description and the artist. For instance: 

“Alexa, what tune is this?” [Me]

“This is Hello by Adele.” [Echo]

For those who don’t have an Echo device, there are other ways to listen to music. Your Echo device may play a specific song, such as one with the phrase, “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

The song “Life Is Older There, Greater Than the Trees” is what I asked Alexa to play.

You may listen to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” for free on Amazon.

There’s nothing wrong with singing the song’s lyrics if you’re in the mood!

The song “Life Is Older There, Stronger Than the Trees” is what I asked Alexa to play.

[Echo] You may listen to “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver on Amazon Music here.

I’m a mountain mother from West Virginia.” Oh no! I’m still recording. Would you please take me home?

It’s a good function, but you’ll need to memorize the song’s works well to operate well. If you can recall a small portion of the music or the words, you won’t be able to perform at your best.

There have been instances when I’ve misunderstood the words, and indeed the Echo has mistakenly played a different song. For those of you who don’t know how to say “Alexa, play this music” without omitting “that goes” from the command—or in other words, if you don’t say “play the song that goes…,” Alexa will instead randomly choose one.

There are certain drawbacks, of course, but this is better than doing nothing at all. Please consider subscribing for more smart home ideas, tricks, and information if you like this video. Please give this video a thumbs up if you appreciated it. Thank you very much!

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Last update on 2023-11-10

Lance Ulanoff is a renowned tech journalist, commentator, and on-air expert with over 36 years of experience. He has held esteemed positions including Editor in Chief of Lifewire and Mashable, where he delved into the impact of technology on daily life. Lance's expertise has been featured on major news programs globally, and he has made appearances on Fox News, CNBC, and the BBC.