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Review Shazam

Evgenii Kostrov
Convenient interface, minimalist design, fully-featured free version, ads can be disabled
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Shazam is one of the first and the most popular applications for mobile devices which can be used to find out the author, artist of a song and its title on a short fragment. Certainly, each of you happened to encounter situations when you hear some beautiful music and start to crave to add it to your playlist in the player, but the problem is that you don't know neither the name of the song, nor its author. However, this is not surprising, because it usually relies to new music that has just come out into the world.
Some people in such cases begin to carefully listen to the radio hoping to hear the song again and finally find out the name of the singer or the band. Others begin to ask their friends whether they know the music, and try to hum the theme. Well, it's fine, if you have a tuneful ear and nice vocal. And if you don't? Then you hope for good luck or to forget about the song until it rolls out of every loudspeakers. With the application Shazam you can learn about virtually any piece of music and even talk show on a few sounds alone.

Use of the program and its capabilities

Just run the program while a song is playing, and then make a click on the center of the screen (the letter S), and after a few seconds it will give you an answer. At that, the answer will be more than complete. You will learn not only the title of the song, but also its artist, as well as his or her biography and discography, you will be able to watch his or her videos in the most popular video-sharing site YouTube, to set the album art as a screensaver on a locked screen, to buy music in the Xbox Music or Nokia Music store, and so on and so forth.


The application's method of operation is that it records a small segment of music and then sends it to its powerful server where the segment is analyzed and searched for matches among compositions, YouTube videos and many other criteria. Data transfer takes very little time and spends the bare minimum of traffic. So you may not worry about the extra costs, even if you don't have an unlimited data plan. Another remarkable feature of the program lies in the fact that it can work in offline mode. In this case, it won't give you an answer and will only record a small piece of track, but as soon as there is a connection to the Internet, the program will do what it was designed for and inform you on the results.


You can place the tiles with your favorite tags on the home screen, and it would be useful to put in the same place a tile which serves to launch the application. This way it will be easier to run it in cases when the interesting music appears suddenly. You can download Shazam for free, but in this case, the program will be "decorated" with advertising. In the paid version, there are no restrictions and no advertising. The program has an intuitively intelligible interface, so you won't have problems when using it.

Final ratings

Usefulness 10/10
Usability 10/10
Originality 8/10
Design 10/10
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