Shazam: Best App in the Store!

Discussion in 'iPhone and iPod touch Apps' started by umdjb, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular

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    This app is freaking awesome! This will save me so much time, and not to mention it is FREE!
     
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    What does it do?
     
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    It will listen to a song whether its on the radio, or playing through the speakers in a Starbucks, and then tell you who sings it!!!
     
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    It's definitely the one that can impress non-techie people the most.

    Only thing I wish was different is the interface. It gives me like 20 iTunes links for every song.
     
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    That is cool, thanks for the tip, installing now...
     
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    I'll have to download this tonight when I get home. Thanks for the heads-up!
     
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    I tried this the other day with some songs that were playing in some TV shows... surprisingly it identified every single one! Works like magic. ;)
     
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    Does this app require a wi-fi connection?
     
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    sounds to me liek it does, im pretty sure the app itself doesn't have that many songs in your phone's memory...
     
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    i dont think it requires wifi, 3G will work fine.

    It is a great app! To be honest, mostly for the Wow factor.
     
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    Enjoy it while you can!!

    Shazam is a software well known to ATT, but it has ALWAYS come with a hefty subscription fee. Right now, they're getting you hooked...but think of it more as a free trial. I think that $5/month is the charge they've asked in the past...the iPhone will soon be no different.
     
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    Unfortunately this software only works for popular music.
    I listen to a lot of independent and underground music (hip hop,electronica etc), and im 0-30. DID not get ANY of them right. It did not even recognize Korns version of Low Rider. My friend loves it but he ONLY listens to the radio so it gets ALL of the top 40 crap. Cool concept but just not for everyone.
     
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    oh im sorry i thought he meant if it did require a connection...
     
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    I downloaded Midomi. It does basically the same thing but it will allow you to sing or hum a song into the phone or just say the name of the song or artist. It works fairly well.
     
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    I LOVE this app. I don't see how it's so accurate, but it has never failed for me yet.

    amazing
     
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    It found a fairly obscure song by a Russian artist recently for me, though clearly there will be a limit on how obscure.
     
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    I recently downloaded this app too and it is AWESOME!

    It really identifies songs extremely well! I highly recommend it!

    I put it to the test by trying to identify some classical music, but it couldn't. But that's ok. I don't listen to much classical except for a bit of Yanni.

    But overall this app gets an A++++++++ :D
     
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    It found me La Fiesta by Maynard Ferguson
    and Swingin' for the Fences by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

    Two not very well known songs by any means. Just random jazz songs I had on an old CD.

    This song came on the radio on my way home from work that I thought sounded cool. I ran shazam and found out that it was called Breathe by The Prodigy


    So while a lot of you may not like this app or think it's limited, I've found it extremely accurate and useful this past week. I definitely wouldn't want to be without it now that I've had it.
     
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    I can see how that would be frustrating, but they have to actually compile a database of songs, and given the almost limitless amount of music out there, there has to be a limit to what it can identify.
     
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    It's true, but there were a lot of bands that I was very surprised that it found. That being said, it shouldn't have to identify your own music, and when your out at starbucks and your like, wow i actually like this song, thats when it comes in handy.
     
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    I was able to stump it, though - it failed to identify "Song for Ten" from the Doctor Who series one soundtrack. That doesn't seem like an especially obscure song (it's on iTunes, after all), so I'm not sure why it failed.


    Don't get me wrong though - it works great 99% of the time (sample size of 3). I have no idea how it does it, but it's definitely worth installing.
     
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    Telp

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    I've stumped it before too. What I find funny was that it was able to identify holy moses, but not a much less obscure heavy metal band. Good stuff though.:)
     
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    So it works 66% of the time? Sorry, couldn't resist.

    It is pretty amazing, recognised some obscure goth stuff I have that came out on independent labels several years ago, but tripped up on the b-side of a commercial single. Overall I was impressed at how wide ranging it seems to be and for it's intended use - identifying things whilst out and about, it is probably close to perfect. Wouldn't pay a subscription for it though, but would pay $5 for the app itself. Getting a referral fee from iTunes purchases seems to be the most sensible way to subsidise this app, though it may be an issue if you can't buy over 3G/EDGE, though I assume they could create a "songs to buy" list that you can then do when in wifi.
     
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    no it works over edge too!
     
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    Sony Ericsson has had this feature on their phones for about 1.5 years. i have not downloaded shazam but i was wondering when an app like this would come out.
     

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