ScreenTunes Finds Movie and TV Show Music

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 1, 2009
Updated • Dec 27, 2017
Music and Video

What is the name of the song that playsg now in this movie or TV show episode? I guess you all have asked those questions at some point in time only to find out that it was very difficult to get an answer, especially at a time where Internet was not a thing, or in its infancy.

If you were lucky, you could grab a soundtrack CD to find out about all the popular songs, but that was rather reserved to highly popular movies and shows.

Most of the time however it is no that easy which means it can lead to strenuous research on the Internet to discover the song title.

Note: ScreenTunes is no longer available. You can use a service like Shazam instead for that.


ScreenTunes is a new music search engine that tries to help users who are looking for a name of a song that was used in a movie or TV show episode.

It's a basic music search engine that can be used to search for songs, lyrics or music in movies and TV shows. You have to switch to the movie search option that is located beneath the search form on the website before the search for a song or songs of a movie or TV show can be conducted.

The music search engine displays results immediately if a correct title has been entered in the search form. It will otherwise display movie suggestions (did you mean..) of which one has to be selected. Movie and TV show music are divided into two tabs. It is important to switch to the TV Shows tab to find music from TV shows.

Entering Bourne for example will not only display the three Jason Bourne movies as an option but also several others while a search for Dawson's Creek will not display any results in the movie tab but the right TV show in the TV Shows tab.

Music from those movies and TV shows is then listed in the search results including the music title, artist (if known) and three links. Many of the songs can be listened to right away by clicking on the Listen button. This will open a Grooveshark player on the website to play the song right there.

The two other options are to open the page of the song at Amazon or iTunes to purchase it. Results can vary a lot from none or only a few songs to dozens of songs. ScreenTunes offers an interesting option to users who want to identify a movie or tv show song.

ScreenTunes Finds Movie and TV Show Music
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ScreenTunes was a free online service that assisted you in your search for movie or TV show episode song names that were used in these productions.
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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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