When was the last time you found your toe tapping to a song but you had no idea what it was? With Shazam on your phone, there’s no need to puzzle. Just fire up the app, point your handset at the speaker, and then hit the big Shazam button. Within seconds, you’ll know the name, the artist(s) and pretty much everything you need in order to find out more – or buy the track.
This Encore version lets you ‘tag’ an unlimited number of tracks, while the ad-supported lite version allows just 5 tags per month.
In ideal conditions, it really is as easy as that. In practice, noisy environments can confuse Shazam, and it does struggle more with quiet intro sections than big X-Factor style choruses. It also fares better with rock or pop than with, say, classical or jazz.
Still, we shouldn’t expect miracles, and most of the time Shazam works on the first attempt. Once you have tagged a track, you can then check the lyrics, watch associated YouTube videos, check for tour dates. If you have the requisite app installed, you can even download the song directly from Amazon. If your mojo is really working, then you can even share your hot discovery with friends using Facebook or Twitter.
Simple and effective, the way technology should be.
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The Bottom Line
A brilliant tool to have in your back pocket, and an essential app for music nuts.
Version reviewed 2.5.1-BB70132
Requires Android 1.6 and above
Free ad-supported version has 5-tags-per-month limit