February 9, 2013

Shazam Partners With Beatport

When we were kids and the radio was the only way to hear a new song that has just been released, it was next to impossible to know the name of a new song unless the radio DJ announced it.  I remember hearing the same song on the radio 3 or 4 different times in one day, but I was never clear who actually created the song.  It’s a wonder, to me, how any records or CDs were even sold at all – we couldn’t figure out the artists’ name half of the time.  Once music began to be digitized in a format that could be downloaded, it became quite clear who the author of a song was.

For those that still use this backwards approach to identifying a song’s name and artist, there are tools available to us today that make this task much simpler.  Shazam got its start on the iPhone, and was undoubtedly one of the most useful apps for the iOS.  It allowed us to identify a tune heard on the radio, which was then saved and stored for later use.  Recently, they have teamed up with Beatport – giving them access to more music that can be identified as well as bought.