One of my all time favorite iPhone apps is Shazam. When you hear a song on TV, the radio, or almost anyway, open Shazam, let it listen to the song, then tell you all you need to know.
Shazam works pretty well, and even gives you options to buy the music you hear from iTunes. What’s not to like? Well, for one, even though Shazam is free, I spend more time on my Mac than holding my iPhone. Enter Shazam for the Mac.
Listen And Listening
Shazam works by listening to a song that’s playing, capturing a snippet of the sound, then matching that with a humongous database of music, then displaying the details.
That method works for iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and now the Mac (and Windows PCs), where it works in the background, always listening to the radio or TV or whatever song is playing at the time.
The benefit to having Shazam on your Mac (it’s free, so why not?) is that you won’t need to fish around in your pocket or purse for your iPhone to find the details about a song that’s playing.
Shazam for Mac gives you one click access to music videos, song lyrics, and the option to buy the song it identifies on iTunes.
Since my Mac is always plugged in to a power source Shazam won’t be guilty of draining the battery in always-on mode.
If you haven’t used Shazam in awhile, you might like the Mac version, and the iPhone version does even more.
What I didn’t know until recently was the iPhone has a non-free version called Shazam Encore which also lets you watch music videos on YouTube, share music on social sites, listen to music from Rdio, Spotify and others, and a bunch of other features to help justify the price tag. They gotta make a buck, right?