Have you ever been out and wanted to know what song was playing on a loudspeaker? Fast forward to this age of the iPhone: Have you been where music was playing and noticed people holding mobile devices in the air?
Recently, my friend was one of the people holding up an iPhone, using an application called Shazam to "hear” the song and tell her what it was. Three other people were doing the same thing, creating an instant connection with strangers who also knew about apps such as Shazam and SoundHound that can "tag” songs this way.
Playing music is a huge way people enjoy mobile devices, especially the iPhone and iPod Touch, and many apps can help. For the Touch, you’ll need an external microphone for it to tag songs.
I won’t go into the technology for a computer to hear a few notes of a song, process it in computer language and spit out the title and artist and similar songs. But these apps succeed in amazing and informing users. Here is a look at three:
($4.99 for unlimited tags each month, free with a limit of five, from Melodis Corp.). This app has been getting favorable buzz for its fast tagging speed and other features.