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Find Unknown Songs Using iPhone Siri Commands

Last updated: January 29, 2015 at 10:53 am

iOS apps like Shazam and SoundHound are designed to find out the details of a song. You can know the artist name and the song details after launching such apps on your iPhone or iPad.

Now, anyone who has hundreds and thousands of unamed and unknown songs will find such apps really useful, but what if you want to find out the name of a couple of songs?

What if you don’t want to install a new app just to find that one song that you just heard on the radio or television? Or you simply want to impress your friends and family to show how your iPhone can identify music without any apps?

If that’s the case, you can use Siri on your iPhone.

Four Siri Commands For Identifying Songs Quickly

First you have to launch Siri or Hey Siri. Next, you can say one of these two commands:

  1. What song is that?
  2. Who sings this?
  3. What’s the name of this track?
  4. What song is playing?

Note that the song you want to find out should be continuously playing in the background.

To find the recognized songs: Unlock your iPhone, go to the iTunes app. Now tap on the menu in the top-right corner (it’s the button with horizontal lines), then click on the “Siri” tab which will display the list of songs identified and available for purchase through the iTunes Store.


After the song is recognized, simply ask Siri to do the following tasks:

  • Buy this song – this will launch iTunes Store from where you can get the song or the whole album for a small fee.
  • Add this track to my wish list – this will add the song in your wish list for later purchase.
  • Create a radio station from this song – this will add the newly identified song to your radio station.

Key points:

  • Siri may say “Sorry, I don’t Know” when you command it to find the song details. You have to repeatedly try.
  • Regional language songs are difficult to identity.
Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware