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I was watching an old episode of Breaking Bad the other day when they played this soulful tune I couldn’t quite place. I just knew I loved it and wanted to hear it again. So I pulled out my phone and fired up Bing Audio, the built-in feature for identifying any artist, song, or album that’s playing around you.
Boom. Moments later my phone had the answer: The track was “Didn’t I,” from some semi-obscure ‘70s-era musician named Darondo. He’s now the star of my music collection.
Bing Audio is one of those Windows Phone features that, once you know it’s there, you find yourself using all the time. (Yes, I’m the weird guy waving my phone in the air at coffee shops and bars, inside the car, and in front of the TV.) The good news is that now more of you will have a chance to try it. Bing Audio support for Windows Phone has started rolling out to 14 new countries including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. The feature is already available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the U.K., and the U.S.
If you’ve never used it before, here's how Bing Audio works: When you hear something playing you want to identify, just tap the Search button on your phone, then tap the little music note icon shown below.
The phone listens for a few moments, and then lets you know if it finds an audio match. Here’s another tip: If you ever want to go back and see a song Bing Audio identified in the past, just go to Music History, which you’ll find by tapping the Search button, then tapping open the More menu.
Of course, some people swear by popular music recognition apps like Shazam and SoundHound, which you’ll find in the Windows Phone Store (it’s always nice to have choices). But in my mind Bing Audio has a couple things going for it. First, it’s built in, so you can start using it right of the box—no downloading necessary. Second, it’s tied into Xbox Music. So once you identify a track, it’s easy to quickly buy the song or preview others from the same artist. Just tap the Store icon shown in the screenshot above. Xbox Music Pass subscribers (I’m one) can also stream or download the tune to their phones.
So next time you’re stumped on a song, give it a shot. And if you’re curious how Bing Audio performs this neat trick, check out this Q&A I did with some of the engineers who worked on it.
When is this feature rolling out in INDIA??????????
Update the service aint enabled on my old Nokia Lumia 800 running WP7.8, while I have seen the service running on new Lumia 920's in several stores here in denmark.
@AmyX. There is nothing correct about your statement. you should hook your WP up to a proxy and use fiddler to watch the http traffic with shazam and bing audio. Use a popular song. you will notice that shazam records for a static (or fixed) amount of time. where bing audio you can get a response back in as little as 3 seconds. that will not happen with shazam. www.factCheckYourCrapBeforeYouPostGarbage.com
This feature has been there since WP7. It's just that they didn't market it, I guess. This is not a new feature.
When are you giving this update to INDIA.
We need this.
Cuando estara diponible para el Perú
please release for indian user.... we're dying to use it...
@Nathan So Google Play All-Access Music (did they hire someone from Microsoft PR to name that?) is available all over the world?
The world of music licensing is beyond Microsoft's, Google's and Apple's control. It's filled to the brim with idiots who don't realize that if you don't deliver, we will pirate.
Boom, and tons of useful features of Bing don't work if locale is not US. Are we still living in 80's? Microsoft keep pushing this approach while Google never discriminate. They launch all services on same day!
What about India..? When I tried with simulator, it works awesome.
But, I don't have the in my Lumia.. :(
@Jusste Then I think it's not yet available in Brazil. There's still only the vision search icon on the screen bottom. Thanks for the reply.
Whoo that sound amazing! - Will it be enable for WP7.8 device the markets where the service now is open?
I love it. This coupled with Xbox Music on Windows 8 makes it awesome. Just today I heard a clip in an ad, quickly identified if with my phone, searched for the artist in Windows 8.1 and was listening to the whole album in less than a minute. Artist is Shelley Harland, song is In the Dark for anyone interested.
I don't know details but I guess the reason for not being available in all markets has to do with distribution rights and this is normally outside Microsoft's hands. It's just like with services like Spotify or Pandora. We kept hearing that people don't rate Windows Phone highly because they weren't in the store but since their arrival they don't work in most countries. Error message one gets is that service is not available in your country. It's not a technical issue because I have speakers, the necessary bandwidth and the desire to listen to music, they just aren't allowed to give it to me. Is it a train smash? No! I got Nokia Music on my phone. It's not Pandora, but it plays my music and that's what I want, the music not the app. So have patience, and if it's not in your market, that's what Shazam is for. Ultimately what you want is to tag your music. Not everything is in Microsoft's hands, once the restrictions get lifted things just become available.
@andersonpimentel It just appears when you go to Bing, there was no update notification.
I live in the Netherlands, but Bing Audio is not available yet on my phone.
Will it be available only for WP8 or for WP7.8 too?
Does it mean that marketplace will contain music too? At the moment, marketplace in the Netherlands contains only applications and games...
Will it just appear "automagically" on the Seach screen or an update will be needed?
It's way slower than Shazam. I tested it with a well known track, no quality issues or stuff like that, and shazam found out the name of the song in
Give me your address to send you a World Atlas. If after 3 years you manage to cover just 20 countries (while the competition covers most of the world), maybe you have a Geography problem. Tell me why I should buy again a mobile that half of it's features I've seen only in Youtube? I will return in ten years... maybe then you might have discovered the rest of the planet.
Took you only two years.
It truly is a great feature, and I love that it's built in on Windows Phone.