“Alexa, Shazam yourself!” – How to get Alexa to identify songs that are playing

Who needs Shazam? Speaker with Alexa can get her to recognise the music she’s playing and tell you all about it.

When you’re listening to music through any Alexa-enabled smart speaker you can ask her at any time to fill you in on what’s playing. You don’t need to whip out your phone, just say “Alexa, what song is this?” and she’ll share the musical love.

The feature goes even further if you’re using Amazon Music. You can turn on a ‘Song ID’ function which will make her name every track and artist before they play by saying “Alexa, turn on Song ID”. If you have a whole playlist lined up, Alexa will announce every track just before it starts up – but only on Amazon music services.

On any other services you’ll have to ask Alexa for the details. Whilst it does work with radio stations, it unfortunately can’t tell you what a specific song is. So, maybe keep Shazam downloaded for listening to the radio.

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