Cortana is a Bing powered smartphone intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator named after the Master Chief’s holographic helper in the Halo video games. It is Microsoft’s equivalent to Apple’s Siri and Android’s Google Now. According to, “Cortana combines Siri’s personality with Google Now’s knack for anticipation.” Cortana is capable of serving you better by learning your behavior, anticipating your needs, and offering you useful information. It can be used for web searches, hands-free calls, scheduling appointments, current weather, launching apps, and so much more. One cool feature of Cortana is its ability to identify songs that are playing. To know more on how to use Cortana to identify songs for you, check out the instructions below:

Use Cortana to Identify Songs in Windows Phone 8.1

First, launch Cortana. There are two ways to do this:

  1. From the Start screen, tap the Cortana icon
  2. Tap the search button on your Windows Phone to launch Cortana

Next, tap the music note symbol on the top-right corner of the screen.

Use Cortana to Identify Songs

Allow Cortana to listen to the music for a few seconds.

Once Cortana identifies the song, it will display the title, the album including the album art, and the artist.

If you tap on the song, Xbox Music will launch and will give you the option to download or purchase the song or the whole album. If you already have the song in your collection, you will be given the option to play it.

Another way to identify the song playing in the background is by tapping the search button on your Windows Phone 8.1, and asking Cortana, “What’s playing right now?” or anything similar.

Again, Cortana will listen to the music for a few seconds and will display the title, album, and artist once it identifies the song in the background.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 9:38:58 PM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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