Imagine the scenario … you’re in a record shop desperately trying to tell the assistant about this fantastic song you heard at the weekend, or on the phone to your mate singing a bit of a tune down the phone. This could be a thing of the past – imagine having the inside knowledge on what every song you heard was called and who sang it? We mean every song …. pop, rock, dance … new and old …. cover versions and originals …mixes and instrumentals … and you could find this out wherever you were, at any time. That would be amazing wouldn’t it?
Well, now you can. Shazam is a brand new service available to anybody with a mobile phone in the UK, which recognises snatches of music and tells you what it is within seconds.
It’s that simple ….. you can be in a club, a bar, a shop, a cafe … anywhere you hear loud music. All you have to do is call Shazam on your mobile phone by dialling 2580 (look at the keys on your mobile – see how simple it is!), let them hear about 20 seconds of the tune and they’ll text you back immediately with the artist and title of the song you’re listening to (this is what Shazam call ‘tagging’ the song).
So, whether it’s Britney or the Beatles, So Solid Crew or Slam … this unique, groundbreaking service is available to anybody with a mobile phone on a major UK operator. Before records are even released, Shazam will know all about them – so you can identify songs you hear clubbing on Saturday, late at night on the radio, on adverts on TV .. even in the changing room of the Levi’s store! The only thing they don’t tag yet is classical music.
This service has been researched for 2 years by some of the leading pioneers in the field of music recognition, and the service will be available to everyone on the 19th August in the UK with already over 1.6 million songs in the Shazam memory. Every major mobile phone network has been involved with this research and are working with Shazam to provide the service. Each successful text reply will cost approximately 50p and will appear on your next mobile phone bill. If you have an unsuccessful ‘tag’ – where the music was not loud or played long enough, or the track is not in Shazam’s database -Shazam plans to give you a free one!.
You can even check on which songs you’ve tagged by visiting the Shazam website www.shazam.com and logging on to your personal page. When you ‘tag’ a song for the first time, Shazam will send you a password which gains you access to your page, where you’ll find a list of the tracks you’ve looked for. In time, you’ll be able to use this to order records, send music to friends, discover more about your favourite artists etc.