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I'd like to know if anyone knows an application or knows of one being developed that can do what I've stated in the question. On mobile devices there's an App called Shazam: Is there an equivalent for this on the Ubuntu desktop?

It'd be really useful as I've several times heard songs online or on TV with no lyrics (so I can't just google them) and I'm left with no idea as to what the name of the music track could be even though they're catchy tunes.

To explain in a clearer way: I'm looking for an application that "listens" to the song playing on your PC for a few seconds and gives you the name of the song using an internet database. If there's a plugin which does this in a media player such as Banshee, Rhythmbox or any other which works on Ubuntu, feel free to point it out as well.

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1 works – functionptr Jan 3 '13 at 16:07
@function thanks for the site, it works perfectly, but I'd prefer to have a desktop-integrated app if possible. – Oyibo Jan 5 '13 at 14:13 was the successor of for which it seems not to exists a desktop app. – math Jul 19 at 19:23

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You might also want to try nightingale which is a new cross platform music player. It gives you many information (using WWW) for the tracks playing (either from MP3 or from online radio stations) and it comes with a fair collection of add-ons.

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Thanks for the suggestion, unfortunately didn't find an Add-On which suited my needs, though a very nice media player indeed, highly customizable! – Oyibo Jan 5 '13 at 14:57
Does Nightingale "listen" to music and look up the song using an online dictionary? If not, I don't see how this answers the question. – Flimm Jan 5 '13 at 16:26

Another website which works:

Would prefer an desktop application, too :)

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I've tested the webapp and indeed it was right, but I had to upload the whole song (12MB) which is very uncomfty for big audio databases. But if you need just one song identified it does the job. – math Jul 19 at 19:19

You can use song identification shell script (, which works with echoprint-codegen song identification software and API service. You just have to download, setup, request API key and use the service.

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