Bam, Wham, Shazam!
How often have you not wished for a Google sound search? I don't mean speaking to to your tablet, that has been finally achieved. Although it still looks a bit silly, honestly. No, I mean putting a song on and having the tablet search for the matching ID tag.
I supposed you've heard of Shazam. We had an operational music identifying app since 2008. Yes, having Shazam meant that you only had to turn on the app and have it listen to what is currently playing. The app would then scan its cloud memory banks and compare what it listened to the spectrograms in the database, returning a match. Well, 2008 is long gone, and now Shazam has evolved in features and also in the consciousness of the masses. However, time did not stood still for the Shazam team. Now, it is a full grown app that features artists, charts and music quizzes. It also integrates with the Google verbal commands.
Having a Shazam account allows you to save all the songs that you've er... shazamed so you can play them any time (on Google Play Music). No extra reminder necessary. You can also sample songs on Shazam, but you will need some sort of purchase before enjoying the full thing. This is not a free lunch. A newer feature is the camera option. Whenever you see a music related poster that has the Shazam icon on it, you can scan the poster just like you would scan a QR code. You will then get extra info and special features regarding that item. QR codes are also included.
The interface is standard. Information is presented in blocks arranged on up to two columns. There are many other features such as retrieving lyrics and linking to YouTube.
- Song recognition - what is bes known for
- Shazam TV - shows for discovering new music
- Song previews
- Google Play Music link
- YouTube link
- Still great for identifying songs
- Not much, except that I don't understand why it couldn't remain a simple song ID app. Why is everything trying to transform into a store?
Shazam is as useful as always. The app is stable and the extra features are welcome. On the other hand, read the Cons.