Oct 17th, 2008

This will undoubtedly be one of those “I have to have it” applications for Android. Everyone has been in the car, been in a store, been watching TV, etc… heard a song they LOVED but didn’t know the artist or song. BUT I WANT THAT SONG!

Get this: with Shazam, you simply press a button and it listens to the song, identifies it, tells you the Artist, Song and Album Cover and then gives you quick links to Amazon Music Store (to buy) and YouTube (to see related videos)! Awesome.

As you can see in the video… it works… and WELL. I was sitting about 10-15 feet from my television in the above video. I also tried it with my laptop and it worked perfectly, too.

Of course Shizam isn’t going to identify LIVE music, even if its on CD, because it is cross referencing a database. If it’s live music like Nirvana Unplugged – then yeah – it should find it. But if you plan on going to concerts and sticking your G1 in the air and hoping you can find what song it is you’ll be sadly mistaken. But I’m also guessing no readers here are that dumb.  Needless to say… no, you can’t sing lyrics into your phone to see if it can guess the song.

It would be interesting to try this in other settings such as at a restaurant, in a store, in a bar, etc… where the audio source is either  much further away or there is some crowd noise/interference. Personally, I can see myself using this mostly in my car when listening to the radio. Darn DeeJays seem to ALWAYS announce the artist/song names EXCEPT the times I actually want to know.

Problemo Solved! Oh yeah, its available for the iPhone, too!