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      06.06.2013 20:36
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      A fab music lovers app

      As someone who is always travelling, Shazam is one app that I can not get rid of. I usually hear the same songs over different periods of times and therefore certain songs will remind me of certain places. However, I will usually not know the name of the artist nor the name of the song. In fact, sometimes I do not even know what the song is saying as it is usually in a different language. Shazam helps me identify the song by listening to it. You just turn your Shazam app on and tap tag so that it can listen to the song. Shazam probably listens to the song for about 10 seconds before knowing exactly what the song is. Once you have the song details, it gives you the option to purchase the song if you wish or if you do not, at least you can get it elsewhere as you now know the exact details etc. I absolutely love this app and even though I do not use it all the time, when I do need it, it is asbolutely great. I would never delete this app as it helps me to re-live my great memories of travelling by listening to songs. I love it and highly recommend it.

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        07.07.2011 16:14
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        A top App!

        Shazam is, quite simply, in my opinion one of the best apps available! The premise behind Shazam is very simple. Hear a song you like, "Shazam" it and it tells you the name of the song and the artist. Even better than that it works, every time!! The way it works is easy. If you are somewhere with music and you hear a song that you like but don't know who sings it, then all you need to do is to open up the app, tap the screen and then the sound is analysed and the song is found. Shazam then presents you with the name of the song, the artist and even the front cover of the album its taken from. It takes no more than 30 seconds from you starting the app to you knowing the name of the song you're listening to. Once the song has been identified then it is stored along with all of your other tags. With each tag you can go into more depth about the song as well. You can get a 30 second clip (in case you've forgotten what it sounds like), a list of tour dates, recommendations similar to that one and it can play the song in Spotify (if you have it) or download it on iTunes. You get two choices of Shazam available, a free one and a paid one which cost £3.49. The difference between the two are that with the free one you get 5 tags per month but you don't get things like recommendations or play in Spotify. In terms of tags, in the dozens of times I have used this app, it has only not been able to identify no more than 5 songs which is pretty impressive. Like I said, this app is great. Not because you will use it everyday or that it will enrich your life but because the app is really useful and it actually works!

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        03.07.2011 18:49

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        Handy for music lovers

        This app is so handy for those of us who hear a song and then cant remember what it was when we come to download it. With this app you simply activate it when you hear a song you like and want to know what it is, you could be in a shop, hear it on the radio, in a movie or on TV. It analyses the song and tells you who sings it and the title of the song. With recent app updates, you can now go directly to your itunes store and download it directly to your iphone or i pod. You can also share on facebook so that your friends know what you are listening too and tagging. There is also a link to the chart top 10 so that you can download your favoutrites. The newest app version is very user friendly and you can do everyone you need to easily from the main screen.

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        09.03.2011 11:56
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        Recommend to every iPhone user!

        I cannot explain how pleased I am that I have found you can review iPhone Apps, woo! Now this, it is such a treasure, seriously. I was at my friends house and a song came on that neither of us knew, she said 'hold on, I'll Shazam it'. What on earth is Shazam I thought? Well, considering it is a free app it is so worth the download. You can also buy the full version for £3.49 which allows you to have unlimited tagging but I don't feel the need for that as 5 tags per month is enough for me. Sorry to keep you in suspense about what it actually does, so... You upload the App and touch the Shazam logo in the middle of the screen and it moves in a circular motion for a number of sections and like magic, pops up and tells you what song is playing and who the artist is. For me this is a miracle as whenever I listen to the radio you can guarantee I will miss the name of the song, but I no longer need to worry as Shazam does it for me! It can be really annoying when that happens sometimes and you can't work out what a song is especially if it sticks in your head all day! I have found I don't use it that often, but it comes in useful every so often, for example I was in New Look yesterday, casually browsing then a song came on that I liked the sound of and it was really catchy and I hadn't heard it before. So I wacked out my Shazam and it sorted out my problem! Seriously, download it asap!

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          08.03.2011 21:22
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          A handy app to have, you never know when you may need it!

          When I first got my iPhone in 2009, this was one of the first apps I downloaded for it. It was in the top 25 free apps in the app store but I had previously heard about it from a friend who used it. What is Shazam? Shazam allows you to discover music. You simply hold your iPhone (or iPod touch) up to a music source and leave it for around 30 seconds, sometimes not even that. It then tells you what the song is and who the artist is that sings it. Not only this, but it also goes further and allows you to preview the track for 30 seconds after, (this means you can double check that they have discovered the correct song that you wanted to find out about; although in my experience, it has always discovered the correct track first time.) After discovering the track you can go on to buy it from iTunes, or read more information on the artist, their albums, artist biographies, tour dates, and even reviews. The tracks also save in your personal Shazam app history so that you can go back to them when you wish. When do I use it? I have never deleted this app since I first installed it as even though I do not use it on a daily basis, I never know when I may need it! If I want to know who sings a certain song playing on the radio for example, I may not have time to download the app and then tag it, as the song may have ended by then! Whereas having the app installed already means I can open up the app and straight away you tap the big Shazam logo in the middle of the screen to start tagging the song. I have used this several times for when I'm in my car listening to the radio (as they do not always say what song it was at the end - which can be annoying! Instead they may have said it before playing but I might have missed it!) I have even used it in Pizza Hut when having a debate with my boyfriend about the song, I was certain it was Ronan Keating but he was not - so I used this app to prove it! I thought it would not work in Pizza Hut as it was busy and so very loud and the music could not be heard clearly - but Shazam still picked it up in less than 30 seconds! I have the free version of this app, which only gives you five tags per month, unless you have been using the application since before 9th November 2009 (which I have) then it gives you unlimited tagging still. However, I do not use this more than five times a month so even if I did not have unlimited tagging it would not bother me. There is a paid for version called Shazam Encore which costs £3.49 on the app store, this gives you unlimited tagging, and allows you to identify a track immediately (although I feel the free version does this anyway) as well as providing the lyrics to the song and allowing you to launch a station on Last.fm (if you have this) by using your tagged music on Shazam. If you ever get frustrated when a song is playing and you don't know who it is sang by, or like me, you need to settle any debates with people about what song is playing, then I recommend you get this app! It is free and if you end up using it a lot then the Encore version may be more appealing to you.

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            08.10.2010 14:26

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            Useful app, also a fun app to wow your friends with

            Shazam (currently using version 3.0.2 (199)) listens to music playing and tells you song/artist/album if it can find it - and does it very well indeed. So far I have a 90% success rate - and I try very hard to confuse it! It can detect songs with high levels of background noise. The entire process - hear a song/realise I don't know it/start app/listen to song/recognise song takes about 25 seconds. Even better - if you don't have any data connection you can "listen" to the mystery song and find out what it is later. I found the links it provides after tagging a song useful - eg. an iTunes link/facebook link. Unfortunately the youtube link for a tagged song seems to have disappeared in a recent update - or at least not appeared on any songs I have tagged recently. Has been very useful in finding out those hard to place tv ads or background music in restaurants etc.

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            03.08.2010 00:50
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            Brilliant Music Identification Service.

            I first encountered Shazam quite a few years ago. There was an advert on the T.V which told you to ring a number whilst music was playing. After around 10 seconds you would receive a text message telling you the name of the song. I remember how brilliant I thought it was then, so you can imagine how pleased I was that I could get the App for free on my Iphone. I've always had a very eclectic taste in music, but I've never really been one for remembering titles and lyrics of songs. My friends and family had all become very annoyed at me humming the lyrics to music trying to see if they knew what the hell I was on about. Enter Shazam. The App works in very much the same way as the original service, but you don't have to dial out and the result appears on the screen rather than in a message. It couldn't be more simple to use. On clicking on the App a screen will appear with a button that says Tag Now in the top right hand corner. The App then listens to the music that's playing for about 10-15 seconds. Once it's heard enough, it will analyse the song for a further 10 seconds or so and then displays the result on the screen. The results screen will show you, first of all the title and artist of the track as well as the album title and a picture of the album cover. The App also provides several different links including one to buy the song from Itunes. As well as the artists biography and discography and links to share the track on facebook and twitter. In many cases it also provides a link to the video for the song on Youtube, however this isn't available for every track. The service creates an acoustic fingerprint based on the music sample that has been provided, this is then compared with a database in order to find a match. This is probably my favourite App of all time. I can't count the number of times I've put it to use in a club or just listening to the radio to find out what that song is called. The App also stores all the songs you've tagged for future reference. In terms of effectiveness, there has only been a couple of times where it hasn't worked. In such cases, the result will come up as unrecognised. After much testing, I worked out that it tended to be obscure remixes and extremely niche market music. I'd say the general rule is that if a song has been officially released and is available to buy, Shazam will recognise it. The best thing about this App is that it's free on I phone's and well as several other smart phones and androids. Shazam would definitely be worth paying for, but luckily we don't have to.

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            28.07.2010 10:50
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            The iPhone App from Shazam

            What was the name of that bloody song?? The one that goes dur-dum-dur-dur? You know, the one by that band? The band who played at that place? These sort of questions need not be asked any longer...thanks to the wonderful invention of Shazam. Shazam is simply a music discovery engine - it listens to a piece of music you don't know the name of and tells you what it is as long as it's a piece of music that has been officially released in some format. The company started out in 2002 and with the invention of the iPhone, their Shazam App has become one of the highest downloaded Apps of all time, and best of all, it's completely free! To find the music you can't put a name to, open the Shazam App on your iPhone, and simply hit 'Tag Now' in the top right-hand corner. The programme will then run for approximately 20 seconds as it listens to the music (obviously it's important to have the music playing then!) once the time is up it will 'analyse' the clip for a few seconds and search through a database of over 8 million tracks (which extends back to the '50s) to find an exact match. And does it work? Of course it does! There's been a couple of occasions when the song has been unrecogniseable - this may have been due to the song not having been released yet, or perhaps being a piece of royalty-free music, so is unlikely to be listed on their database, but time and time again the song is revealed instantly and is correct. The songs you've searched for are also sorted on the App for future reference, and also with links to downloading them via iTunes. When it tells you what the song is, it gives you a detailed breakdown of the artist, song name, album it's from (if applicable) and various details such as discography information of the artist, the possibility of 'sharing' it on Facebook/Twitter and a Youtube link to the music video, if available. I'm sure there are equivelants ot there. I'm sure there are ones that are just as good. But for sheer ease of use and reliability, Shazam wins the battle hands down. Never shall music go unnamed again!

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              29.06.2010 14:20
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              Music ID application

              Developer: Shazam Entertainment Ltd App Store Category: Music Current Version: 1.8.6 Price: free / £2.99 Size: 0.9MB What is it: Acoustic Fingerprinting application What's acoustic fingerprinting you might ask? In simple terms, acoustic fingerprinting is the term used to describe how apps like SoundHound and Shazam identify songs based on listening to a snippet and matching them to a database of audio files. Like that song you can hear on the radio or tv but don't know what it is or who's singing it, whip out your iPhone, start up Shazam and let the app listen to the song for a few seconds (approx. 10 seconds is usually fine) and a few seconds later, the app will tell you the artist, song title, album name and many more details. The latest version of Shazam apparently includes Song Lyrics but I haven't tried that feature yet. Later versions of Shazam allowed "listening" to be done without an internet connection so that the identification could be done by the app next time you start it up and have an internet connection. Shazam keeps track of your search history so you can return to previous results at a later time, and it also has direct links to iTunes, Tour Info, YouTube, Artist Biographies, Discographies, similar artists, etc. You can also share results via email, Twitter or Facebook straight from the app itself. Does it work: Yes, it works and in my experience has a very good hit rate. Like SoundHound and other similar apps, obscure songs aren't always found but that's most likely because they're missing from the database rather than an issue with the app itself. Versions: The free version now has limited tags - 5 free tags per month which is probably enough, I wouldn't use that many. If you got the app before November 2009, you still get unlimited tags with the free version. The premium version (Shazam Encore) is available with unlimited tags and additional features (faster tagging) and/or no adverts for £2.99. An iPad optimised version is also available. A (Shazam)RED version is available for £2.99 with extra features like (RED) News and some proceeds being donated to the (RED) organisations fight against AIDS in Africa. Verdict: Fast and stable, easy to use. A great music identification app but like SoundHound, I would only recommend the free version unless you're a heavy user or you want to use this as an opportunity to donate to a worthwhile cause with the (RED) version. I'll update my review when I've tried out the lyrics feature. *also posted on ciao.co.uk with the same username*

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              30.04.2010 12:41
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              Simple-Get it!

              I remember years ago when i used to watch the music channels whilst getting ready for school an advert would come on during the breaks called Shazam, which you would dial 2580 on your phone and hold it next to a speaker and it would text you back with the song and artist. I always though that this was great, although could prove to be quite costly if used frequently. When i bought my iphone, I was searching through the app store to see any new apps I could load onto the phone, and I came across Shazam. The version I have is free, however, you can purchase one for only £2.99 which has far more detail in terms on band information and where and when they are performing. Im not into music too much, and rarely go to see bands live, so the free version is perfect for me. When I first heard about it I was a little dubious as to how accurate it could be, as it seemed too simple to be true, however, after using it for around three months I can say that it really is as simple as it sounds, and as of yet it has recognised every song which i have requested. The free app for the iphone allows you to tag an unlimited amount of songs, however, there is an update which I have not done because I think it now limits your tagging if you have had the app after November 2009. It saves all of your tags, and I use it frequently at work or out and about to quickly tag a song I like, go home and download it. It does give you links now to youtube so you can watch the video, and also to itunes so you can download it there and then, it really is a way of making life very simple. You tag a song by clicking 'tag now' and hold the phone up to the music for around 15 seconds, and about 10 seconds later it will analyse the song and show you what it si called and the artist who sings it, all within 30 seconds. It is available for every other smart phone too and has recently been released for the ipad, however, I havent used it on any other format so cant comment on these. Overall I think that Shazam is a music revelation and solves those little problems of thinking 'I know this song but cant think of what its called' , I just had a thought that it could be great during a pub quiz too, but I wouldnt endorse cheating! The database must be massive and the technology to impliment this is mind boggling considering its accuracy. I really cant see why anybody wouldnt want to own this, espicially as it can be a free service, it just sits of the phone until you need it, and it wont let you down.

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