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#1 Ice_Blue

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:02

I recently installed this on my phone. Yesterday, I sat in my car and played some music. Shazam did not recognise a single song.

Among the ones I played:

Material Girl - Madonna
You're The Voice - John Farnham
Theme from "For A Few Dollars More" - Sergio Leone
Theme song from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (Bollywood movie)
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Heart - Pet Shop Boys
We Will Rock You - Queen

Program is overrated, maybe? Or only works for certain types of music?

Songs played were ripped from original CD album at 320K.

Am I doing something wrong? I know how popular this software is, and it has to be so for a reason.


#2 +Lingwo

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:08

I've always found Shazam to be excellent. Even when it comes to whistling a tune. Maybe you're not holding the mic towards the speakers.
Give SoundHound a try. That one is pretty good too.

#3 +jamesyfx

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:09

Shazam should always work for tracks that have seen at least some kind of public release. If it's not working for those then something is wrong.

#4 spikey_richie

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:12

I've never used the app, but I used to use the 2580 service and it worked every time. Maybe you had a bad network connection.

#5 XerXis

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 22:17

sounds like something is wrong on your side. Maybe there was too much background noise. Shazam seldom fails me, even on less popular kinds of music

#6 Eddie7

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:47

Same, Shazam is the best, it detects all the songs I need to be detected.

#7 OP Ice_Blue

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 05:55

Kudos to Steve Jobs. I was holding it wrong.
Turned the phone to face the music, worked like a charm.

#8 Guth

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 23:46

I've never seen Shazam get a song wrong yet! Think something bugged out on your end, ive even tried the most obscure songs I can think of!
Its awesome when you're in a store or something and hear a song you like and don't know the name. Also as someone else said, check out SoundHound its pretty good too.

#9 McKay

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 23:47

Kudos to Steve Jobs. I was holding it wrong.
Turned the phone to face the music, worked like a charm.


I was gonna say, I tried all those songs and shazam found them :)