In the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update, Bing search now offers new enhanced music search capabilities, similar to those found in the popular application Shazam (Marketplace link). Bing on Windows Phone will listen to a song and attempt to match the track in Marketplace. Here’s how you can use Bing’s Shazam-like search for music.
- Power on your Windows Phone and slide up to reveal the Start screen.
- Press the search button, which is the third button at the bottom of every Windows Phone device.
- Click on the Music Note icon and your Windows Phone will start listening to your music.
- Bing will now attempt to match the track to a song in the Marketplace.
- If it matches the track, your Windows Phone will open up to the artist, song in Marketplace. If you have a Zune subscription, you can download it direct to your handset.
Note: Bing, no unlike Shazam, will not be able to track live recordings unless they are from an actual released album.
The great thing about this particular feature is the tight integration with Marketplace and the ability to simply press search from the front of your phone. If you have difficulty finding a particular artist, then it’s certainly worth downloading and using Shazam. There are some features within Shazam such as Recently Tagged Music. For some, you might want to find the name of a track and decide to download it at a later date.
Bing audio search is just one of the many new features in Mango.
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