5 of 366 Geeky Things: Shazam & LyricPlay

I went to get my haircut tonight, while I was waiting, I heard a song on their stereo that I hadn’t heard in a while.

I did what any good geeky soul would: I grabbed my fancy-phone and used Shazam to find out what it was.

Shazam – available as an app for both iPhone and Android – is a nifty little app that will record a portion of the song you are listening to and attempt to identify it.  If it can (and sometimes the extra noise in the background makes it hard to get an ID), it will pull up the links for the YouTube video, play it in Spotify (if you’ve ponied up for the full-price service to be able to steam on your phone) or as search in Pandora, the discography of the artist, lyrics, and tour information.

And that’s just on the free version!

And I only have the free version…

BUT somehow I pushed the lucky button today and stumbled across a chance to try out their LyricPlay feature.

I’m a sucker for trying new stuff out, so I went for it.

Next thing I knew, my Droid turned into the hair salon into it’s only karaoke space…the lyrics were moving across my screen in time in the with song!

Too. Much. Fun!

Fortunately no one caught me singing along with Blu Cantrell to “Hit ‘Em Up Style,” but I had a blast entertaining myself.

Upon investigation, this is a feature of Shazam Encore – the paid version of the app. On the Android Market, it’s listed as only $4.99. I’m not sure I’ll take the plunge yet, but you can check out the video for yourself to see what you think of it in action.


(As a teacher, I can’t help but wonder about how all of these apps – and I generally am thinking about the free ones or REALLY cheap ones you can get – can get used in my class or just to make students’ lives easier. What I was thinking was about the opportunity for students to tag songs they were listening to anyway to check out lyrics – the non-LyricPlay feature – as we start to look at song lyrics as poetry. Lots of opportunity there…)


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