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Microsoft (Kind Of) Kills Cortana's Music Recognition Feature

Microsoft (Kind Of) Kills Cortana's Music Recognition Feature”

It's all down to Microsoft's decision to axe its music streaming service Groove, which happened at the end of 2017.

Microsoft shut down its Groove Music service at the end of previous year, and that has resulted in some unforeseen repercussions.

Now, when you try to use Cortana's music recognition icon, a "Song unrecognized" error message appears on the screen, informing you that "this service has been retired". Because of that, Cortana's music recognition functionality has been retired, Microsoft recently confirmed.

In the past, tapping the music icon on Cortana's UI let the artificial intelligence service act like a glorified Shazam identifying any music playing.

These days, the feature only returns a "song not recognised" result; with Microsoft also declaring that the service is no longer offered. Microsoft, as per usual, will be relying on third-party partners to extend Cortana's capabilities going forward. Cortana is integrated with Spotify, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, and we are working with Pandora to make their service available.

Cortana can no longer recognize music. Functionality wise, Cortana is falling behind Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa as both Amazon and Google continue to rapidly evolve their respective smart assistants for their smart speaker products.

It's unlikely that most users will have ever used Cortana to identify music.



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