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  • What is Shazam?

    Shazam is a mobile and desktop application that is designed to recognize music playing in the background and provides you with the song title and artist name. When you hear a song that you like but don’t know it by name or can’t recognize the artist, the application will listen and identify it for you.

  • Is Shazam safe?

    It is safe to use on mobile and desktop and won’t infect your device or computer with viruses or malware. It requires the use of your phone or computer’s internal microphone, however, and if you have toggled its automatic feature on, it is always listening to the sounds around you in order to identify music without having to manually enable it.

  • Is Shazam free?

    The basic version of the application is free to download and install, however, it is ad-supported, meaning users will see ad banners at the bottom of the display and sometimes taking up the whole screen. Encore, the professional version of the software, requires payment. In return, there are no ads.

  • Can I use Shazam without Wifi?

    Songs artists and titles can’t be recognized without the use of Wifi. Wifi enables the application to connect to its vast database of music in order to match the song you’re hearing with a title. Without Wifi, this can’t be done. The app can still access the microphone, however, and will save a song for the next time your device is connected to the internet to identify.

  • Can Shazam recognize humming?

    Unlike other music recognition applications, his application can’t recognize humming. In order to match to a track name and artists, the application requires the original version of a song.

  • What platforms is Shazam available on?

    Mobile versions of the software can be downloaded and installed on iPhone, Android and Windows phones. They use cellular data or a Wifi connection to access the song library database in order to identify music. It is also available on the Mac App Store for Mac and Macbooks. It was formally available on Windows computer, but the support for that platform has since been pulled.

  • What are the permissions requested by Shazam?

    In order to listen to songs and identify music, the application requires access to your device’s microphone. It will also ask mobile users if they would like to receive push notifications and alerts. Similarly, it will require connection to your Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer or Google Play accounts if you wish to play recently identified tracks directly from the application.

  • What’s new in the latest version of Shazam?

    In the latest mobile version of the application, users will find automatic playlists of their matched songs available in Apple Music. Similarly, you can listen to full matches right from the app.

  • How often is Shazam updated?

    On average, the application is updated once or twice a month. In most cases, these updates address minor bugs and fixes or introduce new features that help make the user experience a better one.

  • How do I install Shazam?

    Shazam can be installed on iPhone from the App Store, on Android from the Google Play store and on Mac computers from the Mac App Store. Downloading may require you to enter login credentials.

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