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Shazam Encore

by Shazam Entertainment Ltd.
Rated: Guidance Suggested
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)

Price: $4.99
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.5.1
  • If you're in our test group, you're going to get a sneak peek of the new Shazam experience. And if not, stay tuned, you'll see it very soon!
  • Minor bug fixes.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004SKHJF2
  • Release Date: March 24, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (437 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769 Paid in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Paid in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Tag as often as you like with unlimited tagging
  • Identify what song is playing, preview, and instantly buy the track on Amazon MP3
  • Get music recommendations to discover similar music
  • Check out your friends' tagged music and add tracks straight to your own Tag List
  • Tag songs without data coverage using offline tagging

Product Description
Home screen
Simply touch to start tagging
Discover, Buy, and Share Music

The premium version of Shazam--Shazam Encore--offers even more! With exclusive features and unlimited usage, plus all of Shazam's core features--discover, buy, and share music--Encore gives you the ultimate music journey experience.

The new Song Previews feature lets you listen to clips of songs you've tagged. It's the perfect way to help you decide if you like a track and want to buy it. Previews works when you're browsing through your tag history, your friends' tags in Shazam Friends, or tags featured in Shazam's Tag Chart and Recommendations.

Learn more about the songs your friends are tagging with Shazam Friends and share the songs you've discovered as well. See what's popular in your country with Tag Chart, find tour dates for tagged artists, and buy concert tickets. Keep up to date with the latest music news with Shazam's blog.

Shazam Friends

Everyone has friends that have great taste in music. With the exciting new feature Shazam Friends you can now discover and share new music with your friends on Facebook. You'll see a real-time view of songs your friends are tagging, giving you a steam of new music to check out for yourself!

Tagged song
See song information within moments

• Browse all your friends' tags, watch music videos, read reviews, access biographies, and get artist tour info

• See all recent tags from a particular friend in one place

• Add friends tags to your Shazam history and playlist

• Buy the track

• Post tags to Facebook and Twitter, add comments, and give your friends a chance to listen and comment

• Invite friends to use Shazam Friends

Recommendations

Whether you're into global acts or indie bands, get music recommendations based on the music you like and discover cool new songs. Browse tracks, buy them, check out artist info, or watch YouTube videos.

Reviews, Artist Bios, and Lyrics

To learn more about your favorite bands and artists, check out album and song reviews, biographies and discographies, and lyrics!

Offline Tagging

Offline Tagging allows you to tag a track even when you don't have data coverage--ideal for clubbers! Tag the track as usual and Shazam will store it as an Unsubmitted Tag in My Tags. When you connect again, just tap the Unsubmitted Tag and Shazam will send you the Tag Result. Unsubmitted tracks won't count towards your 5 free tags until they've been successfully matched.


Technical Details

  • Size: 10.9MB
  • Version: 4.5.1
  • Developed By: Shazam Entertainment Ltd.
  • Application Permissions: (Help me understand what permissions mean)
    • Directly communicate over NFC
    • Write to external storage
    • Access coarse (e.g., Cell-ID, Wi-Fi) location
    • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
    • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
    • Act as an AccountAuthenticator for the AccountManager
    • Modify global audio settings
    • com.google.android.providers.gsf.permission.READ_GSERVICES
    • Read only access to device state
    • Write the sync settings
    • Open network sockets
    • Read the sync settings
    • Access fine (e.g., GPS) location
    • Allows verification of Google app Entitlements
    • Broadcast sticky intents
    • Access the vibration feature
    • Record audio
    • Access information about networks
    • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Minimum Operating System: Android 2.3
  • Approximate Download Time: Less than 90 seconds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
94 of 106 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shazam v. SoundHound March 25, 2011
Verified Purchase
I was using SoundHound free on an Android 2.2 device before this was offered free. However, since Shazam Encore is free today, I have purchased and installed it and after using it for a little bit, I think I am going to stick with SoundHound.

There aren't major advantages to either app that warrants anyone to pass up on this free-for-today app but I would find it hardly worth the $5 price tag. I found that both SoundHound and Shazam performed similarly, finding and missing the same songs on my very mixed library. I even tried it on some live recordings and both programs were only decent when trying to find it.

I find that SoundHound returns results after a briefer listening time to the music than Shazam. After listening for only a couple of seconds, SoundHound has already finished listening while Shazam insists on listening to a set amount of time. Another initial quirk was that Shazam didn't seem to indicate the whether the phone was actually picking up any audio but I have realized that the meter actually indicates changes in the level of sound. Still, I think the audio level indicator for SoundHound is much clearer.

The information that is returned is also more accurate. Both apps do an admirable job at returning the song title and artist but Shazam has this peculiar quirk where it assigns the song to albums that I would not normally associate with the song. Examples include: Coldplay's "What If" which I expect the album "X&Y" but returns "What the World Needs Now"; Sufjan Steven's "Chicago" from "Illinois" but Shazam returns "Folk Routes". These are issues that I didn't have with SoundHound.

Overall, I would say that it is good to add this to your library (since it is free today, 3.25.2011) even if it isn't installed in case SoundHound drops in quality or Shazam increases. My recommendation, if you had to spend $5 on a music tagging app, would lean towards SoundHound if the free app is any indication of paid app.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Story of an Amazing Shazam Song ID Success March 25, 2011
Verified Purchase
This app is amazing.

True Story: Last fall I was watching a football game on TV. As they went to commercial the stadium sound system started to play a song, I could hear it in the background as the TV announcers talked over it. I "knew" the song from my younger days, but couldn't recall the name or the group. I grabbed by Droid X, loaded the recorder app, rewound the DVR and recorded the song snippet to my phone. Next day I played this snippet for nearly 20 people, hoping that someone would recognize it. No one did.

I pretty much forgot about it.

Today, March 25, 2011, four and a half months later, I try Amazon's free offer of Shazam. After reading what the app is supposed to do, I recall this recording from Oct. 2010. I load Shazam, load the recording (both on the same phone), hit Play, quickly switch back to Shazam, hit Listen. Shazam listens, analyzes....and comes up with a match! I knew immediately that it had gotten it right, first try; Driver's Seat by Sniff n' the Tears, from 1978.

Keep in mind that this recording was only about 8 seconds long, from the stadium sound system, with people talking over it in the foreground, recorded from a TV, to a phone.

Shazam, I am impressed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Paid $5 to have my privacy violated March 29, 2011
By bt
Verified Purchase
Why does this app need to know my location? Why does it load itself into the background even if I repeatedly kill the application with a force close?

Shazam is yet another example of a PAID application that feels they can freely violate my privacy. I'm sorry, but if I pay $5 for the PAID version of your application, I think that I'm entitled to being treated in a way where you aren't trying to make advertising dollars on me collecting my personal information and phone statistics.

My original review of this app was "Must have app" -- I have now removed this app from my phone because I can't get it to stop the privacy violations.

Don't waste your money on this company.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finds my songs. March 25, 2011
I listen to European dance music, and I find soundhound horrible at recognition of the music simply because it fails to recognise the songs at all. Shazam, is nearly a guarantee to find the songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great App February 27, 2013
By R. Tate
Verified Purchase
I use this app on a regular basis and it is always accurate with picking up the songs I want to hear
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Shazam baby! March 2, 2013
Verified Purchase
It works great, finds the songs you need and is only second to Soundhound because you can't really hum songs into it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever & competition too November 26, 2012
By M
Verified Purchase
Shazam is now more likely to provide quick and accurate results than SoundHound. This wasn't always the case. I've had this app since it was available free in March 2011. Initially, I preferred SoundHound because the earlier versions of Shazam performed as inconsistently as SoundHound does now. With SoundHound recently, I've had far too many occasions where after several tries, the song was over... I've even compared the results of two identical Gingerbread devices with Shazam on one and SoundHound on the other. I was perplexed as to why SoundHound has gotten worse while Shazam has improved. The bottom line is, if you want to be sure that you'll be able to identify the song before it's over, use Shazam first. I've recommended Shazam to many others on the few occasions that it's marked down and I recommend it highly on the basis of improvement with age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now even better December 16, 2011
Verified Purchase
the new lyrics showing is great. its like karaoke in your hand. I can sing along with my favorite songs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great app.
Published 4 days ago by Ivan Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast. Accurate.
I love this app!
I hate listening to the radio but when I do, I like to save the songs I enjoy to upload to my iPod. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rachel.T
4.0 out of 5 stars Not updating
I've had this application for a while now and it never updated once while the google play version got updated many times
Published 15 days ago by ibraheem satti
4.0 out of 5 stars Where are the recent updates?
As the title states, I'm always waiting for weeks after an update is released on Google Play. It would be great if Amazon could push out updates faster. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars I like it because sometime I really don't remember the name ...
I like it because sometime I really don't remember the name of a song I use to like and this app is very helpful
Published 17 days ago by Gabriela
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this app. Use it all the time.
Published 1 month ago by Wilkerda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Shazam is best app out there hands down. If you like music get Shazam!

Thank you,

Kenneth
Published 1 month ago by KENNETH D. LAIRSON
4.0 out of 5 stars It is great... But
It works fine and good, but need to add Google Play Music to its supported music providers. Then I'll change to 5 stars
Published 2 months ago by It is great but...
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the app, being using it in iOS, Android and also Blackberry and the app is just awesome
Published 2 months ago by gacpac
1.0 out of 5 stars absolutely useless
Whenever I tried to regognize a song, it never works. I'm posting this review from a Placebo concert. Just tried to find names of several songs. Shazam can't get any info. Read more
Published 2 months ago by alex k
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