Hear a song on the radio while you're in the car and are dying to know what it is? Assuming you're not the one behind the wheel, turn on Shazam. The free application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that does the hooking and hauling for you. The next time that song plays, hold the iPhone microphone as close to the source as you can and initiate Shazam. After 30 seconds of recording, it will confer with the main Shazam database and, if successful, will return a song title, artist, and album for you.
While Shazam couldn't identify every sound bit we threw at it, and while the electronic ears may be limited in some environments, we were pleased on the whole with Shazam's performance. Especially when the application piles on extra value by offering the title on iTunes or as a YouTube video, by allowing you to associate a photo that you take on-the-fly, and by e-mailing the tag to a friend.
Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the iTunes App Store, where you must continue the download process. You must have iTunes installed in order to open the link, and you must have an active iTunes account to download the application.
When you hear a song and wonder what it is, Shazam is there with the answer. Hold the iPhone to the music and within seconds Shazam will tell you the artist and the track name. You can use Shazam to identify music anywhere (from radio, TV, movies, or stores), save your tag history, build your own soundtrack, buy music that you hear from iTunes, watch related music videos from YouTube, personalize your tags with photos, and share your tags with friends via Mail.
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