Shazam 5.0 Has Arrived

One of the more useful apps I have on my iPhone is Shazam.  Can’t identify a song you’re hearing?  Crack open Shazam, let it “listen” to whatever it is that’s stumping you and in less than a minute, you’ll (usually) have your answer.

I find Shazam particularly good for identifying those songs in TV shows that are never credited.  Can’t figure out what’s playing over the closing credits of Shameless?  Shazam.  What was that song in Breaking Bad?  Shazam. How about that indie-sounding song in that TV commercial?  You know the answer.

It’s a helluva app.  Shazam’s folks say that it’s been downloaded 200 million times and adds 1.5 million new users every week.  The damn thing supports 33 languages, too.

Shazam 5.0, the update to the free and Encore versions, is now out and the people behind promise even better song recognition capabilities.  If you have Shazam already, you’re entitled to your upgrade.  If you don’t, might as well hop on board.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Shazam 5.0 Has Arrived

  • April 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Sound hound is better, displays lyrics, connects you directly to YouTube and iTunes with the specific songs and gives you all info about songs you identify or just the songs you have on your iPod. Deleted shazam after finding it.

  • April 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Yes soundhound is better, and free. The lyrics option turns my workday into karaoke day.


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