Shazam - an ear for music

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Have you ever been sitting in your car listening to the radio (or better yet, in a coffee shop listening to piped-in Muzak) when a great song, that you don't know the name of, starts to play?

Good thing you have an iPhone equipped with Shazam. Shazam is perfect for any situation when a song is playing and you don’t know which band or artist is playing it.

It is easy to identify previously unidentifiable songs with Shazam. All you have to do is get out your iPhone, open the application, hold the mic near the music that is playing and hit the “Tag Now” button.

Shazam takes about ten seconds to return the name of the band, with the record name and picture of the album cover, to your screen. It is really quite genius. The best part is that you don’t have to pay anything for this application. It is totally free.

I tested it; it seemed to have pretty good accuracy. I’m sure it works with almost 100% accuracy with most popular music and most things played on the radio. It might have some trouble when you try to pick up random, less well known or indie songs.

Other reviews said it didn’t work very well for jazz music.

The thing that is kind of neat is that after you get the song it gives you link to purchase the song and links to YouTube so you can watch the video.

I say give this one a try! I’ll be keeping it on my iPhone and using it.

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  • Fred Krueger

    In personal tests I found that Shazam did a much better job than Midori at recognizing music. I also like the fact that in Shazam you only need to click once to sample a tune, while in Midori you need to click and hold for about 10 seconds. Shazam really rocks!