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Saturday
Jan062018

Cortana's music recognition feature no longer works the way it used to

Avid Windows 10 users who interacted with the built-in Cortana voice assistant on their PCs had the option of quickly finding out what song was playing by invoking the smart assistnat's music reognition feature. This gave quick access to song name, artists and even a link to streaming or purchasing the song. It's a feature that Google copied on the Pixel 2 which tells you what song is playing when it is recognised.

Sadly, with the shuttering of the Groove Pass music service from Microsoft early this week, this feature no longer works the way it used to on Cortana but it still works when you ask Cortana what song is this and follow a link. It's all kind of a mess right now, Microsoft promises it will get better.

 “With the discontinuation of Groove Music Pass, music recognition functionality via Cortana was also retired. Cortana is integrated with Spotify, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, and we are working with Pandora to make their service available. Cortana’s functionality will continue to grow with new skills and capabilities through our third-party partners,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement. Noting that rival Apple has bought Shazam, which pioneered this song and content recognition service, it will be interesting to see how much emphasis Microsoft will put behind this small but delightful functionality moving forward.

Source: Windows Central via  Thurrott

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