Sony's TrackID music recognition service is closing down

Sony's TrackID music recognition service is closing down
Sony users are probably familiar with TrackID. It used to come pre-installed on all Xperia handsets before the current Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium. Now, we know why Sony didn't bother installing it by default – because the service is shutting down on 15 September 2017.

This piece of news comes out of the blue, and Sony hasn't provided any details as to why it wants to off TrackID. Our guess would be that the music recognition software is just costing too much unjustified resources for the Japanese tech giant, but that's just a speculation at this point. The official information which is visible in the TrackID app states that “all businesses move forwards, and sometimes this means that apps are discontinued.”

In case you were using TrackID, do make sure to go through your history and save it somewhere else (be it on Spotify, Google Play Music, or plain old paper). Otherwise, once the service is shut down, you will not be able to access it in any way, since it will be permanently deleted.

Sony made sure not to leave loyal TrackID fans hanging, though, and suggested the most widely used music recognition service, Shazam, for those who are looking to migrate to another app. According to our experience, Shazam is doing a much better job of recognizing songs and ignoring background noise anyway, so you will not lose much by migrating to it.

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11 Comments

1. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Good riddance anyways, I have a Sony tv and hometheatre system, never gets to use that thingy. Shazam rules that space by default.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Noooo :( I used it a lot.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Same here. I also have it Installed on my OP3... Would be a shame to let it go!

10. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You should simply use Google Search Widget which you already have in your device.... it is included in recent Google Now versions.... I stop using TrackID, SoundHound, Shazam... when google released this one... It is not feature pack at all... but I simply recognize and then take a screenshot of the results... A very minimalist approach

3. nghtwng68

Posts: 108; Member since: Nov 26, 2009

Oh no. Sony's TrackID is great. Very fast and accurate. Oh well.

5. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Never used it, but after this post used and got great accurate results.

6. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

W T F

7. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

I do not have this warning here when I open it.

8. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I always used Shazam, SoundHound, and TrackID concurrently, as I found that each had their strengths and weaknesses. TrackID did the best of the three with obscure EDM and foreign tracks in my opinion, but in never hurt to have all three.

11. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Try the Google Search widget... Its a round blue icon with a white musical note in the middle... The widget only takes 1 space and you can either find it inside Widgets or in "Shortcuts" depending on your device and OS version.... It is very accurate, fast and doesn't take extra space or resources... and I simply take a screenshot of the results for log keeping

9. qxavierus

Posts: 51; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

This is very sad! TrackID is the only app that is able to recognize a track while listening plain old FM radio. It must have been optimized for Sony's phones, as the competitive apps hear nothing while you listen to radio. If anyone knows how I can recognize a track from the FM radio, please share with us. Thanks in advacnce!

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