Shazam: Music Discovery and Identification AppShazam is a mobile application designed to help users discover new music. It was released in 2002 and has since become one of the most popular music discovery apps. Its primary purpose is to allow users to identify unknown songs by playing sound snippets and connecting them to a database of over 11 million songs. Shazam also allows users to share their discoveries with their friends, purchase songs directly from within the app, find lyrics, explore new music through its featured playlists and videos, and read artist bios.
The key to Shazam’s success lies in its ability to accurately identify songs. To do so, it uses acoustic fingerprinting technology. This means that it breaks down a song into digital fingerprints and compares it to the songs in its database. If a match is found, the song is identified and the user can then preview and purchase the track if they choose.
Shazam is available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices, as well as some desktop platforms such as Mac and Windows. It is a free app, but also offers a premium plan for $4.99/month which gives access to exclusive content, as well as removing ads and playback restrictions.
One of Shazam’s most popular features is LyricPlay. This lets users follow the words of their favorite songs as they play. As the song plays, the exact lyrics appear on the screen and are highlighted in time with the music, making it easy to learn the words