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Microsoft expands Bing Music Search, supporting more regions

Bing Music Search

It has been revealed on Reddit and confirmed by other users that Microsoft has unleashed Bing Music Search support in more regions. Numerous owners have replied to the Reddit thread from across Europe in markets where the feature was previously absent (we know of Finland, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland thus far). Bing Music Search enables consumers to find out the artist or song name to a track that's currently being played in the vicinity. 

Simply hold the handset near the source and it'll recognise the song - much like Shazam and alternatives. Simple stuff. It's good to see Redmond continuing to support more markets with its services to really improve the overall Windows Phone experience. We'll throw the ball to you, folks. Have you noticed you're now able to use the feature on your Windows Phone?

Source: Reddit; thanks, pbroy, for the tip!

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Microsoft expands Bing Music Search, supporting more regions

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I have tried using the search button, but all thats available is Bing Vision for me in Ireland.
Hopefully it will appear later today

Can you confirm that its the Bing Audio button "Music symbol on the bottom" and not just the microphone icon in the search box?
As I have still not got the Bing Audio Search button, Unlocked Lumia 920 on 3 Ireland Network

How was it working for you? I live in CH, but only have vision search. Or is it the voice search that I can tag music with as well? (microphone icon)

I think his account is set to United Stated,at least mine is and I had Bing Music search for the very begining.
Now on a side note, why would any romanian have their account set to Romania? It only drags you down.
I use Xbox Music with prepaid codes, otherwise I would be bound to have only the music app with no streaming. 

I have tried Hindi songs, and it works (in US), even though the support doesn't exist in India, according to some comments here.

I travelled to Turkey last year and tried this function and worked perfectly with Turkish music and even works with a lot of independent artists/bands here in Canada.  So I actually love it :)  I only use Soundhound as a backup, but usually the rare time that Bing Music can't find it, Soundhound can't find it lol.

I've a Lumia 800 so I think I'll never get that feature in Portugal but my cousin who got a new Windows Phone 8 last wednesday has Bing Music Search on his phone.

Hvordan får du det til at virke?
Når jeg trykker på søgeknappen, og trykker på Vision, kan jeg kun scanne QR koder eller tekst.

Just change the country selection at your Xbox account...restart your device...and here it is...new marketplace and Bing music is now available....select US...better marketplace :)

Have always had it in oz, pretty sure my old L800 had it too if your talking about music icon between local scout and vision search, good to hear they are supporting other regions

How do you launch it ? Just push the same microphone button in Bing like you would for voice searching ? I tried this this weekend and it didn't recognize the music. I am in the US.

Big improvement. I tried testing the updated functionality by searching for twerk style hip hop and it got it instantly.

Bing is still crap. With Google, if I need a company's phone number, I just type the name in and get the results I want. With Bing, I get a load of rubbish.

Hmm what country are you in?  I'm in Canada and get instant results all the time (even better than Google lately).

Strange, I have my settings for browser and search language in English ( United States) but the option to Bing music was never there, after seeing the post I checked and the option was there and I actually changed the search language to Spanish (Mexico) and the option was still there

Maybe it is something carrier related? I'm on Telcel. Meh its not like I use the music recognition service a lot haha.

Same here, maybe it's related to the os version. I'm on a Lumia 920 with WP8. I don't really use it neither it's just nice to see MS expanding the features across the world

Or simply there are regional restrictions from record labels that forbid them from enabling it there yet.  Be patient my friend :)

Wrong, there is no support for anything else apart from Vision Search in Bing in India. You must have your phone set to some other region or country where this feature is available, check again. Also, even more pathetic for Indian users is no Location Tracking on windowsphone.com, no Xbox Music and the list just keeps getting longer. The Windows Phone experience in many countries is half baked quite frankly and that absolutely sucks.

I'm French so it's working since WP7.5, I wasn't aware that not everybody in western Europe had it !
Still, I'm waiting for the full Bing experience you US people can have ! With the swipe to the right and stuff...

New Zealand, checking in. It's actually really good. I had the radio turned on with a tiny amount of volume and it got it from a few meters away. Tried shizam but couldn't hear anything. Also picked up my roommate playing the guitar quietly down the hall....I'm impressed

Yeah, tried it yesterday. Picked up music in the background of The Rock News Wire (quiet music, loud DJ). Never had that kind of result from Shazam or Soundhound. Impressed!

Bing Music Search is rubbish !!!!! Its only good for well known commercial music !  Now compared to Shazzam - which finds all sorts of music, well known music/artist, as well as not so well known, accuired taste, and artist/music from around the world; there's absoultly no use for Bing Music Search!