Ever hear a song you like on the radio, on TV or at a party but don't know what it's called? Install Shazam on your iOS device and you can find out.
Name that tune
Whenever you hear a tune you like, simply hold your phone's microphone to the speaker and hit the 'Tag Now' icon. Shortly after, details of the song will appear in the Shazam interface, including the name of the song, the singer, and the album it appears on.
Shazam provides the option to play the song on Spotify, Rdio, and Google Play Store from where you can listen to the song and buy the track. You can view a history of all the songs you've searched for using the 'My Tags' option.
It also provides more detailed info about each song such as lyrics and related videos.
But how can Shazam know so much about all this music? Well, Shazam 'hears' the song through your phone's microphone and uses your mobile internet connection to compare the sounds it receives with those recorded in a huge online database of music. If it finds a match Shazam will provide you with the information immediately, and offers you the ability to email it to a friend if you wish. While Shazam can't recognize every song in the World, it managed to get most we tested it with.
The interface in the iOS version of Shazam is very simple to use, and you should have no problems looking up a song.
A great way to expand your musical library
Shazam provides a solution to that age-old dilemma of trying to guess (and remember!) a song that you heard at a party. It's easy-to-use interface makes it a must have for music fans.
What's new in Shazam
The personalized News feed has been improved to make it easier to see more from artists you've Shazamed, including new tracks and exclusive videos, as what your friends have been listening to. As part of the news feed, there is also a new page dedicated to Charts, where you can see what hot new tracks are being Shazamed.
In iOS 8, there is a new notification feature where you can listen to the track in Auto Shazam without having to open the app. Track lists also have a new layout, letting you see more items on a page and Shazam has turned on previews for everything.