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Ice_Blue    973

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.

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Lingwo    489

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.

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+jamesyfx    352

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.

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spikey_richie    174

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.

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XerXis    251

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

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Royalty    174

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

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Ice_Blue    973

Kudos to Steve Jobs. I was holding it wrong.

Turned the phone to face the music, worked like a charm.

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Guth    104

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.

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McKay    3,695

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 :)

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