Disclosed herein is a mechanism for transferring the playback of media content from a user device to a media device. A media content item can be presented on a user device, and a media device can receive an input from a user indicating that the playback of the media content item is to be transferred from the user device to the media device. The media device can record ambient sounds that may include audio content corresponding to the media content item being presented on the user device, and can transmit the recorded ambient sounds to a server for identification. The server can identify a media content item corresponding to the recorded ambient sounds received from the media device and can determine whether the identified media content item matches the media content item being presented by the user device. The server can additionally determine whether the user device and the media device are located near or proximal to each other. In response to determining that the identified media content item matches the media content item being presented by the user device and determining that the user device and the media device are located near each other, the server can cause the playback of the media content item to be transferred from the user device to the media device.
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