Shazam: Song Tagging App for the iPad - dummies

Shazam: Song Tagging App for the iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Shazam is a song tagging app for the iPad. Just launch Shazam and point your iPad’s microphone at the source of the music. In a few seconds, the song title and artist’s name magically appear on your iPad screen.

Ever heard a song on the radio or television, in a store, or at a club and wondered what it was called or who was singing it? With the Shazam app, you may never wonder again.

In Shazam parlance, that song has been tagged. Now if tagging were all Shazam could do, that would surely be enough. But wait, there’s more. After Shazam tags a song you can

  • Buy the song at the iTunes Store

  • Watch related videos on YouTube

  • Tweet the song on Twitter

  • Read a biography, a discography, or lyrics

  • Take a photo and attach it to the tagged item in Shazam

  • E-mail a tag to a friend

Shazam isn’t great at identifying classical music, jazz, or opera, nor is it adept at identifying obscure indie bands. But if you use it primarily to identify popular music, it rocks (pun intended). It even works in noisy airport terminals, crowded shopping malls, and wedding ceremonies.