Best App for Naming That Tune
Playing Tag: Shazam refers to its song identifications as "tags." Tag a song by tapping the Tag Now button from any Shazam screen, and the app starts listening to your surroundings. After about five seconds and a quick check with the service's online servers, Shazam tells you what song is playing. The song gets stowed in your personal list of tags for future reference; organize your tags by artist, title, or date.
Good Listener: Shazam has more than just a sharp ear for music, it knows every band's story, song lyrics, and where to find concert videos. Every song's detail page shows album details, plus song-specific links to the iTunes Store, YouTube videos, and the band's bio and discography. Share the song info via email, or add a photo to capture the moment ("Remember Uncle Irving rocking the Black Eyed Peas at the wedding reception?").
Version reviewed: 1.5
Remember that guy from school, the walking music encyclopedia who knew every band and could name every song after just a few bars? Shazam is that guy, only without the attitude. Fire up Shazam on your iPhone (or iPod Touch with a microphone), and the app recognizes, with uncanny accuracy, whatever song is playing in the room, telling you the title, album, and band. It's a great way to settle bets or identify new music.
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