Shazam for iPad review
Shazam for iPad benefits from the tablet’s extra screen space, though it still suffers from some of the shortcomings of the free Shazam or £2.99 Shazam Encore offerings for the iPhone.
The app captures a 15-second clip of whatever song you hear playing – on the radio, in a café – and sends that information to Shazam’s database. In seconds, Shazam will tell you the name of the song, the artist, and the album where you’ll find the track. Shazam won’t recognise songs you hum or sing and it can’t ID the live song a cover band is massacring at your favourite waterhole.
Shazam retrieves more than just the song title and artist – you also get a list of similar tracks, other releases by the artist, a link to download the song on iTunes, the ability to share your new discoveries via Twitter or Facebook, and, in some cases, lyrics.
The iPad allows Shazam to divvy up its features across multiple panels, making its musical goodies easier to find and use than on the iPhone. We rarely used the iPhone version of Shazam for anything other than identifying music, just because the other features weren’t always easy to access. (For a while, we were unaware that the iPhone app offered lyrics on some songs.)
The app has its greatest success identifying newer songs from mainstream artists. If your tastes run to the obscure or oldies, the results will be more hit-and-miss. The Similar Tracks feature could also use some fine-tuning. Shazam thinks that Frank Sinatra’s recording of ‘London by Night’ is similar to Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’!
If you want to tag a song but you’ve no internet connection Shazam will store tagged songs for uploading when WiFi is available.