How To Tell What Song Is Playing On Twitch | Streamers Playbook (2023)

With so many people streaming on Twitch, I guess you could say it’s one of the most prominent game-streaming platforms. I guess. And with so many streamers using music in the background of their streams, it can be difficult to tell what song is playing. And some songs might not actually be allowed either.

This article reviews the requirements for background music allowed on Twitch for streamers to incorporate into their broadcasts.

We will also look at some ways to tell what songs are playing. Let’s start with what methods to find out what songs are playing on Twitch streams.

How to Tell What Song is Playing on Twitch

Here are the most common and easiest ways to tell what song is playing on Twitch:

  1. Browser extensions.
  2. Smartphone Apps, like Soundhound, Shazam, or Song Identifier.
  3. Twitch Bot
  4. Ask someone in chat

When you watch a fresh stream on Twitch, it’s hard not to be swayed by the music playing. And sometimes, you likely want to know what that song that’s playing is.

Now, you can always ask in chat, but if it’s a larger channel, with a lot of people adding to chat, it can be hard to get your message answered.

The audio service found at is an accompanying service verified with the Twitch platform. At least, it was until it stopped working.

This service is a free service that would listen to the stream and tell you what the song was playing. Unfortunately, when we tried to see how the service worked, it failed to load.

Here are some reliable other ways we tested to tell what song is playing on Twitch.

Methods Using A Browser Extension

AHA Music Extension

If you’re sitting at a computer, and that computer happens to be running Chrome or Edge, there is a handy extension called AHA Music. It’s free and available on the Google Web Store or the Microsoft Edge Add-ons Store.

This method is nice because it will work with more than just Twitch. If you use Chrome or Edge, this free extension can tell you what’s playing in an open browser window.

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You could be watching a movie, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook video, or any other browser-based source and if it’s playing in a browser window, you just hit the extension button, and it starts listening.

We found the only issue in testing this extension was a noticeable glitch when it started and stopped ‘listening.’ The glitch occurred in the music playing; it stuttered momentarily.

It’s nothing crazy given that it tells you what song is playing. It’s a small trade-off. This glitch occurred in both Chrome as well as on Edge.

Methods Using A Smartphone

Soundhound App

The next method for finding out what song you’re hearing is using your smartphone and an app like Soundhound. Soundhound is a fantastic little app that listens and will tell you what song is playing. There’s just one catch; it can’t work if watching a stream with headphones.

Unless you get creative and hold the headphones over your phone, you’ll have to use speakers to play the stream out loud. The Soundhound app needs to be able to hear the music that’s playing.

A good idea is to get the phone ready with Soundhound before you start watching. When a good song comes on, you can quickly grab your phone and find out what song it is before it is over.

Shazam App

Another app that can do the same thing as the Soundhound app is the Shazam app. The Shazam app will do the same thing as the Soundhound app, and sometimes it is done in only a few seconds.

The Shazam app works well and identifies most songs within seconds. Unlike the Soundhound app, the Shazam app seems to run significantly faster. In testing, we found that the Shazam app identified a song in just over 2 seconds.

Similarly, the Soundhound app required two attempts, the first of which was unsuccessful altogether. We used electronic music published within two years for our test, with at least 20 million views on YouTube.

This way, it is music that is current, popular, and should be easily recognized by any of these sorts of apps.

Song Identifier App

Song Identifier is another popular app that may have spawned from the Twitch Audio site that we found was not working in our preliminary research.

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Although, to be honest, we couldn’t find any official connection. The Song Identifier app installed fast and was one button press kind of easy to use.

Out of these apps, we found all were equally easy to use with Shazam and Song Identifier being the fastest of the three.

The Song Identifier app worked in the same manner as the Shazam app and simultaneously determined a song, just over 2 seconds.

Are There Bots That Can Tell You What Songs are Playing?

With Twitch being so incredibly massive with millions of streamers and millions of viewers worldwide, thousands and thousands of developers are constantly churning up new and exciting things, one of which are bots that can perform various virtual tasks on our behalf.

One of the bot types that is common is the chatbot. Chatbots can respond to comments and work by having triggers that respond to a command such as !song. It is a straightforward system.

The same code that the apps and extensions use to listen to music and then identify it can be used or triggered by a bot action. It just takes some smart coding to connect the dots.

Twitch Bots – Song Identifiers

Twitch-music-id on GitHub is a bot-in-progress that is on GitHub. The bot is a chatbot that listens and identifies the songs playing in the stream.

The bot has a fairly decent success rate. That is, if we are comparing the bots grade to grade school student grades. Compared to apps like Shazam or even Soundhound, the success rate is unfortunately not even comparable.

Unfortunately, there are no currently active and working bots for Twitch that are approved and work well to identify music playing.

The fastest and most straightforward methods are using browser extensions or an app on a smartphone.

However, if you have a playlist on your channel, bots like Nightbot can identify what song is currently being played since it is already loaded on your playlist. But, this will be up to the streamer to set up and provide a command for this.

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Can You Play Any Song on Twitch?

For streamers, there are some straightforward rules when it comes to what you can play on Twitch.

A streamer may only play songs that they own the rights to or have a license for playing the song on the Twitch platform. When playing songs, the same rules apply for the song as do for any original work: Playing without permission infringes on the owner’s rights to the material.

If you are streaming and looking for some free background music to include in your streams, there are several free music services where one can get free music or close to free music to add in your stream.

For more information regarding where to find copyright free music on Twitch go to this article here.

What if I Play a Copyrighted Song?

Twitch is one of those cool platforms that get it. Sometimes, a song or clip of a song sneaks its way into the background. They won’t outright ban you, so you don’t have to rush out and start a whole new channel. But, if you repeatedly play copyrighted content, you’ll build up strikes. After so many strikes, you’re out, and that means out of Twitch.

As I am sure you have seen this year in 2020, there have been several DMCA claims or threats because streamers were playing others music without permission.

So streamers were having to go back and delete tons of videos, vods and clips because they had music on them that the streamers did not have the rights to.

The best rule is to make sure you never play the music that you don’t have the right to use. There are several places where you can get music that is free to use.

Several paid sites can get all kinds of great music to use in backgrounds for streams, videos, and more.

One could quite quickly build up a small reel of tracks to use as a background for videos between free sites and paid sites. Depending on what kind of video or stream one is doing, that is.

Many streams do not have music because the streamers are talking, so to many, this isn’t an issue. But if some nice background ambiance is in your stream, it could make your stream stand out.

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What Can We Conclude about Music Identification in Twitch Streams?

Two techniques stand out as very useful after testing multiple methods to determine songs playing in a stream in Twitch. First, using a browser extension is the easiest way if watching the stream on a desktop or laptop computer.

The extensions load fast and also work with multiple platforms, from Twitch to YouTube to Facebook. The downside to the browser extension music identification is the glitch in the stream’s play when the extension starts and stops to ‘listen.’

The fastest and by far, the easiest method is to have an app on a smartphone such as Shazam or Music Identifier. These apps work incredibly fast to determine a song playing within seconds.

The downside is possible data charges if you aren’t operating the smartphone on a wi-fi system.

Also, if the smartphone cannot hear the streaming audio, then there can be an issue. If one is watching the stream on their smartphone, it will be challenging to get the app to listen without closing the app playing the stream.

In this case, the two phones would be convenient. Or just message the streamer and ask them if you really must know what track that was.

There is some pretty poppin music on Twitch so if you are looking for a few good songs to add to your collection then definitely use some of the techniques that we talked about above. Happy stream dreams my friends.

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If you watch Twitch you will hear some pretty cool songs and so I suggest finding a way that helps you identify some of the dope songs that are bound to end up on streams.


How do I find out what song was playing on Twitch? ›

Use A Song Identifying Extension On Your Computer
  1. Go to the Twitch stream you want to identify songs in.
  2. Click on the Shazam extension in your browser extensions.
  3. Once it opens up click on the Shazam button.
13 Jan 2022

Does Twitch Auto Detect music? ›

As part of Twitch's ongoing efforts to help you understand when unauthorized copyrighted material may be included in the content you stream, we proactively employ an audio recognition system that scans VODs and clips for copyrighted audio.

Can I use 10 seconds of a copyrighted song on Twitch? ›

We ask that creators only share content for which they have the necessary rights. It is a violation of our policies to stream or upload content containing copyrighted music unless you have the appropriate rights or authority to share such music on Twitch.

How do you credit a song on Twitch? ›

Here are some examples of how to do this on Twitch or other live streaming services... On your profile page, add a "Music" section.
Things that must be included:
  1. My name.
  2. The name of the piece(s).
  3. A link to the source of the music (my web site)
  4. The license you are using.

How do I identify a song that is playing? ›

Ask Google Assistant to name a song

On your phone, touch and hold the Home button or say "Hey Google." Ask "What's this song?" Play a song or hum, whistle, or sing the melody of a song. Hum, whistle, or sing: Google Assistant will identify potential matches for the song.

Can I get banned on Twitch for playing music? ›

Will I get banned for music if it's played in a game? No. Music rights have been removed in games, and such content is allowed for public use.

Do small streamers get DMCA? ›

Yes, Twitch will DMCA small streamers if they break the law and play copyrighted music without permission through the proper channels. To avoid this, streamers need to play royalty-free music on their streams.

How many DMCA strikes Twitch? ›

Luckily, Twitch has a 3-strike policy that allows streamers to default three times before their channel gets the ax. If you've already received a DMCA strike - or want to ensure that you never do - here are a few things you can do to keep your content out of Twitch's line of fire.

How do big streamers get away with playing copyrighted music? ›

In order to play great music on stream, streamers use websites such as Epidemic Sound to find songs and sound effects that they can use legally and royalty free.

Can you get sued for copyright on Twitch? ›

If you use another person's copyrighted work in your content, they can send Twitch a takedown notification. It is our policy to act on those notifications under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and similar laws worldwide.

How do I avoid copyright on Twitch? ›

How to avoid a DMCA takedown on Twitch?
  1. Don't play recorded music on your stream – Completely abstaining from using any recorded music is by far the simplest way to avoid a DMCA notification. ...
  2. Mute in-game music – Many games have recorded music in them, and if you're streaming them live it may get picked up.
8 Jul 2022

Can I use 5 seconds of a copyrighted song on Twitch? ›

You can not play copyrighted music on Twitch. If your stream features any songs you do not have the right to use, you may face punishment. Penalties commonly include muting past content and clips or a formal DMCA strike. In cases of repeated abuse, a streamer may also have their account suspended or permanently banned.

Can you play copyrighted music on Twitch if you give credit to it? ›

As we mentioned above, you're not allowed to play music that you don't have the rights for. Play music without a license and you're violating copyright law. It's that simple! Twitch's Terms of Service and Community Guidelines explicitly say: “You may not include music you don't own in your Twitch streams or VODs.”

Does Twitch pay for music? ›

And just so there's no confusion, to music creators: we pay public performance licenses in order for you to perform music live to your communities. You should also avoid using pre-recorded music, and disable VODs and Clips, unless you have the rights to the music and compositions.

How can you identify a song by ear? ›

Music Theory 101: Tips for Learning Songs by Ear
  1. Train your ears to hear intervals. ...
  2. Learn to identify the key of a song. ...
  3. Tackle it in small sections — software helps. ...
  4. Slow down when you're having trouble finding specific notes. ...
  5. Be patient with yourself — it gets easier. ...
  6. Try different positions on your fretboard.
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How do you Shazam a video? ›

Step 1. Open the Shazam app, touch and hold the Shazam button to turn on the Auto Shazam. Step 2. Play the video and Shazam will automatically identify the song in it.

What is this background music called? ›

Incidental music is often background music, and is intended to add atmosphere to the action.

Can you get banned for kissing on Twitch? ›

Twitch does not have any specific rules regarding kissing, but they do state in their community guidelines that, “Sexually suggestive content is prohibited on Twitch…Evaluations on the sexual suggestiveness of a behavior or activity…are instead based on the overall surrounding framing and context.”

Can you get banned for sleeping on Twitch? ›

You are allowed to sleep on Twitch.

Can I drink on Twitch stream? ›

According to the website's terms of service, streamers are allowed to drink alcohol while on stream, so long as they are of legal drinking age in their respective country. Dangerous consumption of alcohol however is prohibited and excessive drinking while on stream could result in a ban.

Can you smoke on Twitch? ›

Smoking weed, smoking cigarettes and vaping are all allowed during a Twitch stream as long as the person indulging in these activities is of a legal age to do so and these activities are legal in the state or country in which this person resides in.

Do streamers get paid for drops? ›

Time-Based Drops distribute rewards when viewers have watched a creator stream your game for a specified amount of time. Twitch monitors the amount of time viewers spend across all channels streaming your game, so all you have to do is fulfill the rewards they are entitled to.

What happens if you get 3 DMCA on Twitch? ›

It is also our policy to terminate the accounts of repeat infringers–i.e., people who on multiple occasions have been accused of infringing the rights of others. Under our policy, a user will be considered a repeat infringer if they accrue three copyright strikes.

Did Pokimane get DMCA? ›

Pokimane's Avatar: The Last Airbender watch-along stream resulted in a 48-hour ban. Thanks to DMCA, Twitch streamers are not allowed to re-stream copyrighted content to their viewers on the platform.

Is singing on Twitch DMCA? ›

It doesn't “violate DMCA”, as that is just the process for addressing infringements. However, if you're asking (as you probably are) if it is a copyright infringement, yes, it is.

Can you get sued for streaming music? ›

Q: Are they really going to sue me? Even if I'm not making any money? A: They might. Under U.S. copyright law, the copyright owner may sue to get an injunction (an order to stop doing something from the court), and in addition to actual damages, get statutory damages, as well as costs and their attorney fees.

Is it legal to play music on a live stream? ›

Am I allowed to play any music I want on my stream? No. Your live stream is public, so you can only play music that you own, have the license to, or that is in the public domain.

What songs are not copyrighted on Twitch? ›

DMCA Free Music for Twitch
  • Epidemic Sound. Check out Epidemic. 8.8 Rating. ...
  • OWN3D Music. Check out OWN3D. Features. ...
  • Envato Elements. Check out Envato Elements. 8.4 Rating. ...
  • Comma Music – Award-Winning Music. Check out Comma. 8.2 Rating. ...
  • Artlist. Check out Artlist. ...
  • Jingle Punks Music on Streamlabs Prime. Check out Streamlabs Prime.
7 Oct 2022

Can I play Spotify on Twitch? ›

The broad answer to this question is no, you cannot use Spotify music on Twitch. Spotify music is only licensed for personal use and streaming it out to a community not only breaks the law, it breaks their terms and conditions.

Does Twitch own my content? ›

“You could always stream on Twitch for an hour, stop your stream and go stream anywhere else. Twitch doesn't own that content, you do. They're licensing the content you create on Twitch for 24 hours. …

Does Twitch mute copyright music? ›

Twitch services scan VODs as a proactive way to help broadcasters avoid having videos containing unauthorized audio. If copyrighted audio is detected in a VOD, we automatically mute that portion of the VOD.

Can I play GTA music on Twitch? ›

For instance, Grand Theft Auto's radio stations, or the music played in trailers and cutscenes. The game's developers were given a license to use it, but they cannot pass that license on to streamers.

What songs are you allowed to play on Twitch? ›

You can use original music that is owned by you. You can use copyrighted music that you have already licensed. You can only use other music if you are giving a vocal performance on Twitch Sings.

Can I use Spongebob music on Twitch? ›

Put simply, you cannot and should not use other people's work in your stream unless (1) you have a valid permission (“license”) to use this content on your stream, or (2) your use falls under the doctrine of “fair use.”

Can I use 1 minute of copyrighted music? ›

If it's still under copyright then no. You need permission from the copyright owner. Covering a song is a perfect example of copyright infringement. Don't do it without permission.

Can you use 10 seconds of a song without copyright? ›

Any use of copyrighted material without permission is, according to U.S. copyright law, copyright infringement. It does not matter if you use one second or the entire song, using copyrighted materials without the consent or permission of the copyright owner, constitutes copyright infringement.

Do copyright claims affect views? ›

The claim may affect your views as the owner may restrict the video from appearing on certain websites, devices, or even various countries. However, some copyright owners choose more aggressive policies, which could result in your video being blocked or removed entirely. A copyright claim does not serve as a penalty.

How can I legally use music in a video? ›

Put simply; you can legally use music in videos if you have permission from the person, people, or company who owns the rights. Since the publisher and the record label usually hold music rights, you'll have to get permission from both. From the publisher or composer, you'll get a synchronization (or sync license).

Who is the highest paid streamer? ›

Highest earning twitch streamer
Streamer/ ChannelTwitch revenue (Aug 2019-Oct 2021)
xQc$8.4 million
Summit1g$5.8 million
Tfue$5.2 million
NICKMERCS$5 million
3 more rows
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How many hours should I stream on Twitch? ›

Twitch recommends your streams be at least 2 hours long and no less than 1 hour long. Twitch has found that streaming at least 2 hours gives you enough time to get going as a streamer and for other people to find your streams.

Is a music streamer worth it? ›

Whatever your budget, music streamers are a great way to upgrade your sonic experience from a simple wireless speaker. If you love the convenience but want better sound and have the room and budget to accommodate a stereo system, a hi-fi streamer is the way to go.

What happens if you accidentally play copyrighted music on Twitch? ›

In either case, if you play copyrighted music on Twitch without the right permissions, you'll receive a DMCA takedown notification. This will mean that your content has been taken down. If you repeatedly breach copyright laws and receive multiple DMCA notifications you may even have your account suspended.

Does Twitch have an audio library? ›

Highly Curated Music Library

From pulse pounding electronic and dance in our “SoundPls” playlist to chilled out lofi and instrumental beats in “Beats To Stream To,” the Soundtrack library has a range of artists and genres to stream with.

How do I search for a soundtrack? ›

On your mobile device, open the latest version of the Google app or find your Google Search widget, tap the mic icon and say “what's this song?” or click the “Search a song” button. Then start humming for 10-15 seconds. On Google Assistant, it's just as simple. Say “Hey Google, what's this song?” and then hum the tune.

How do I extract audio from Twitch? ›

How to convert Twitch to MP3 with Clip.Ninja
  1. Find the Twitch clip you want. Open it and copy the video URL in the address bar.
  2. Go to the Clip. Ninja website and paste the copied link in the box. ...
  3. Then click on Convert to MP3 under the DOWNLOAD VIDEO button.
  4. After converting the Twitch video to MP3, tap on Download MP3.
18 Apr 2022

Can you get DMCA for singing a song? ›

Usually, no. Song covers usually fall under fair use. There are cases where it might not though. If you are singing with the original instrumentals, that could still be infringement due to it using the original instrumentals.

How can I find a song without name? ›

Download Shazam if you don't have an iPhone or Android device. Search for Shazam in the app store and download it to your phone. Once it's downloaded, hold your phone up to the speaker playing the song that you want to identify. Hit the Shazam button and wait a few seconds for the app to identify the song.

Is there an app that will identify a song? ›

Shazam will identify any song in seconds. Discover artists, lyrics, videos & playlists, all for free. Over 1 billion installs and counting!

Can you identify songs by listening to them? ›

Ask Google Assistant to name a song

Ask "What's this song?" Play a song or hum, whistle or sing the melody of a song. Hum, whistle or sing: Google Assistant will identify potential matches for the song. Select one of them to view the search results page and listen to the song, read lyrics or view the music video.


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