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Look Up Overheard Music Samples With the WhoSampled App

WhoSampled, the service that identifies music samples, recently updated their iOS/Android app to include Shazam-style music recognition. Now when you hear a song playing in a bar or a store, you can look up not just the song, but what other music it samples or is sampled in.

WhoSampled returns the name of the artist and track whether or not it’s in their database of samples, so you can use it as a low-feature replacement for Shazam or SoundHound. If the song is in the sample database, WhoSampled will load the sampled songs, which you can play right in the app.

There are two huge caveats. First, WhoSampled doesn’t load a playable version of the song that’s actually playing—just of the other songs it samples or is sampled by. Instead it links to the song in iTunes. If you have Apple Music, that’s actually ideal, but otherwise you might find this annoying.

Second, the music recognition feature costs $9.99/year. That’s on top of the app’s $3.99 price on iOS, and ads on the free Android app. Charging an extra ten bucks a year feels greedy, and I expect WhoSampled’s customer base will agree.

If you use WhoSampled on new music a lot—say you’re a DJ always looking to find new material—the new feature will save you a step. If you don’t care enough for that annual subscription, wait around. Hopefully WhoSampled will realize they’re charging too much and include the feature in the app price instead—or find a new killer feature to justify the price. The non-subscription features still make WhoSampled a great tool for any music fan.