Shazam for iOS review: A must-download for music fans

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.4
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good Shazam identifies songs, television shows, and commercials almost flawlessly. It has neat features for music discovery and lets you see how your friends and the rest of the world are using the app.

The Bad The app still can't recognize singing or humming, which is something competitors already have.

The Bottom Line With new features and a redesigned interface, Shazam is a top app for music identification and discovery.

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Shazam was one of the first apps for iOS that could recognize music and other media around you by "listening" and then displaying the song on your screen with options to buy. And even after all this time, it's still one of the best around.

When it debuted, Shazam was a neat way to show off what a smartphone could do, but it has since evolved to give you much more information about the songs and other media the app recognizes.

Even better, the app continues to improve with each update, and Shazam says there's more to come in the weeks ahead. Check back to learn what Shazam has in store for the app when the promised features become available.

Getting around in Shazam
Upon launch you'll see the main screen, where you can tag a song by hitting the Shazam button in the center of the screen. The design has gotten a facelift since earlier versions, and looks much more streamlined with a deep blue background and flattened interface elements. Across the bottom of the interface are buttons to get to the different features of the app.

A Tags button lets you browse through all your previously tagged songs and other media. The News button shows what your friends have tagged (if you login with Facebook) recently. The Explore button gives you a map interface where you can see what people around the world are tagging. In the lower right, a button labeled Pulse gets you to an area with multiple screens you can browse by swiping to see what's hot on Shazam and other most popular lists.

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Where to Buy

Shazam (iOS)

Part Number: id284993459

Free

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  • Category Entertainment
    Music and audio
  • Compatibility iOS
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.