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Top Android App: Shazam

Top Android App: Shazam
Shazam was one of Android’s first major apps and is one of the top apps in the Android Market.  It offers the fastest song recognition capabilities possible.

Application: Shazam

Version: 1.2
Size: 234KB
Category: Multimedia
Price: Free
Overall Score: 5/5
User Interface: 5/5
Ease of Use: 5/5
Customizability: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Indispensability: 5/5
Ever wondered what a song you heard on the radio was called or who sang it?  Now you can easily get your answer.  Shazam identifies music tracks simply by listening to them.  There is nothing to type, no need to remember lyrics to search for when you get home, it’s really as easy as it sounds.
The process of opening Shazam and clicking Tag Now to when you get your results takes about 30 seconds.  The actual time that the app listens to the audio is between 20 and 25 seconds.  A nice feature of this app is that it has only two buttons which are very easy to access.  There isn’t any time wasted finding where to click in order to start identifying a song, so you shouldn’t have any problem whipping out your phone when that unknown song starts to play.
When the app tags your song, you will get a screen which displays the song title, artist, album, album artwork, genre, label, and the date it was tagged.  This is an incredible amount of data for a single track.  Similarly, you get the option of searching for the song with Amazon MP3 so that you can purchase it if you’d like.  You also get the option of searching for the song on YouTube so you can check for the music video and listen to it again.
What makes this app so highly rated is that it is extremely accurate.  The only time I haven’t been able to tag a song was when the song was either a) extremely new or b) an unknown artist.  Shazam offers a few troubleshooting tips in case it’s not the apps fault.
The other button on the home screen is My Tags.  This brings up a list of all the songs that you have tagged.  This is very convenient for remembering songs for later use.  When you select a song it returns the same information that was displayed when you initially tagged it.

Overall, like Google Maps before, if you haven’t already downloaded this app and use it all the time, do so now!  Here is the barcode you can scan with Barcode Scanner to find this app in the Android Market.

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