No more will Elton John novices be able to belt out “hold me closer, Tony Danza.” You can no longer pretend the Rolling Stones are promising to “never leave your pizza burnin.” Music recognition and real-time lyrics are now available on Google Glass thanks to the addition of musiXmatch and Shazam to the official Glassware directory. So your excuses for completely butchering song lyrics are running out.
musiXMatch is bringing its lyrics catalog with over 20 million titles to Google Glass. They already have a full-featured music library app on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, as well as desktop apps for Windows and Spotify clients. The existing apps are free with advertisements, with the option of premium subscriptions to remove ads.
The Glass app, however, is both free in price and free from ads. It bears a ridiculously simple interface. “Ok Glass. Recognize this song.” After listening for up to 30 seconds, the app briefly identifies the artist and title and then jumps right to the current lyrics flowing through them for the rest of the tune with a related album or band photo in the background for a nice aesthetic bonus.
There is also a command to “Learn a song,” where speaking the title and artist of a song will bring up the lyrics, scrolling through them at the song’s actual play speed, just like in recognize mode. Personal karaoke machine, anyone?
- Shazam is an app for Macs, PCs, and smartphones, best known for its music identification capabilities that has expanded to integrations with cinema, advertising, TV and retail environments. Shazam uses a smartphone or computer's built-in microphone to gather a brief sample of audio being played.
- The premium version of Musixmatch permits word-by-word sync when you are singing a particular song. It is like a karaoke music application. Other than this, Musixmatch has an offline lyrics option. You can also take a section of the song and share that on social media platforms. It is a good Shazam alternative as it performs two tasks.
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Three of the most popular Shazam alternatives are SoundHound, Musixmatch Lyrics, and Genius. Musixmatch and Genius primarily help you identify lyrics for music playing around you, while SoundHound is Shazam’s closest competitor. Related: The Best Music Recognition Apps to Find Songs by Their Tune. Everbody knows that there are other apps such as Musixmatch or Shazam where you can get the lyrics of the songs. What we are talking here is that we are paying for a Streaming music service and the direct competition provides this feature (even videos). Spotify, it’s time to hear the clients. I'm driving home for Christmas Oh, I can't wait to see those faces I'm driving home for Christmas, yeah Well, I'm moving down that line And it's been so long But I will be there I sing this song To pass the time away Driving in my car Driving home for Christmas It's gonna take some time, but I'll get there Top to toe in tailbacks Oh, I got red lights all around But soon there'll be a freeway.
Shazam for Google Glass
And then we have Shazam, the perennial king of mobile song identification since it debuted on the iOS and Android app stores in 2008. Shazam has also added an official Glass app to its portfolio. The app offers similar recognition and real-time lyric viewing displayed over a photo of the album or band. However, Shazam is saving you precious milliseconds by using the more concise command “Recognize this”, which admittedly has more of a rock star edge to it.
Now only Mrs. Knives out death on the nile. Danza can sing the other version. And Elton.
Shazam vs. musiXmatch
In straight up comparisons on identical song samples, Shazam won handedly each time. Multiple attempts on the same sample yielded consistent results, although musiXMatch was able to identify “Beast of Burden” in just four seconds a single time. However, this astonishing return time was not reproducible — a possible outlier.
|elton john – tiny dancer||25s||15s|
|rolling stones – beast of burden||25s||10s|
|jimi hendrix – purple haze||18s||9s|
So if speed is the name of the game, go with Shazam. But if you also want to see lyrics to songs that aren’t currently playing or you don’t have access to, musiXMatch is the better option.
Seasoned Glass Explorers will recall that Google offered a similar short-lived featured called Song Search, that allowed users to simply ask “What song is this” to identify audible music. The feature was added in XE9 but removed in XE16 due to seeing “little usage.”
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What other misheard lyrics are facing extinction thanks to these new apps? Shout out your favorites in the comments. Don’t forget that “there’s a bathroom on the right,” but whatever you do, please “don’t go, Jason Waterfalls.”