Shazam Music App Review (iOS, Free)


Languages: Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Chinese

Seller: Shazam Entertainment Limited

New for iPhone and iPod touch:
○ Auto Shazam does the hard work for you by continuously recognizing popular music and TV around you. Flip the switch on the Shazam home screen to turn on Auto Shazam, and automatically recognize while you commute or watch a movie, even if you leave the Shazam app or lock your phone.
New for all users:
○ Share Shazam Tags with friends on WhatsApp
○ Pin Shazam tags to your favourite Pinterest boards
○ Share Shazam Tags using iOS Messages
○ The app will not ask to use your location again if you have previously said no

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
325 Ratings
All Versions:
370891 Ratings


Shazam recognizes music and media playing around you. Tap the Shazam button to instantly tag, and then explore, buy, share and comment. Tagging is unlimited, so use Shazam as much as you want.

Once you’ve tagged something, you can:
○ Buy from iTunes (and find others by the same artist)
○ Watch the videos on YouTube
○ Share tags on Shazam Friends
○ Use LyricPlay to sing along to streamed lyrics
○ Check out the artist’s bio and discography

You can also:
○ Preview and save your favorite tags
○ Share tags on Twitter, Facebook & G+
○ Explore what’s popular around the world with Shazam’s Interactive Maps
○ Tag without coverage, Shazam will match when you have a connection

Want Shazam but without the advertising? Upgrade to Shazam Encore, it only takes a few taps.

○ Previewing and buying music requires the iTunes music store in your country. Previews are courtesy of iTunes.
○ Lyrics and LyricPlay™ available: US, CA, UK, FR, IT, DE, ES, AU, NZ

Customer Reviews

  • Used to love it

    by Umhuh

    I hate the updates. I don't need random "news" notifications. I don't want big brother Facebook linking to my account, so stop asking Shazam! I'm all for change, but change for the better. What happened to my favorite, simple app? :(

  • Works like magic

    by JustAGuy4848

    It just works. It's one of the few apps that I use every day. I'd always used it for music but now I use it all the time for TV. And auto-Shazam is totally rad. Nice update

  • Too cool

    by Geneva S

    I turned this on during the figure skating at the Olympics and after about 15 seconds it showed info about the broadcast, the music playing, AND the music that had been playing for all the 12 previous performers.

  • Frustrating

    by Carbon_shell

    I'd like to be able to delete tags. Seriously, why was this feature removed? Oh yeah, so we can get more notifications in our Shazam news feed...? Because we all love notifications for things we don't care about. To developers, I downloaded this app for its music recognition capabilities, please keep this a priority, thanks.

  • Love it.

    by Krug j.

    Great update. All is well again. Thanks.

  • Great update!

    by Cruzerweight

    The new look & feel of the results is clean and fresh! I like it! The speed is still amazing. And it's great when I'm able to tag a song on a TV show that I'm watching.

  • New tag result page is awesome!

    by Flyer02020331

    Much cleaner and more visually appealing, not just a list of things

  • Good but..

    by Tjj 91

    Notifications are daily news updates trying to get you link your Facebook account. If the red notification bubble doesn't go away soon I'll be forced to uninstall.

  • New lyrics showing stuff is awesome

    by Sree - shazham

    New update is awesome Showing that lyrics dynamically is awesome. I haven't check it completely yet, I will update once it is done. Good job team.

  • Useful

    by Yeah buddy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This app is very useful and helps when I need to figure out the name or artist. Very useful.

  • Nice update!

    by undeadsinatra

    Shazam has updated the look of the app, it seems a lot cleaner to me while putting more options where I don’t need to scroll for them. I don’t notice any slow down to the app, either — something I really appreciate about any app update.

  • More content

    by Silverspooncool

    More bonus features from artists, nice.

  • Amazing app

    by Christyu.u

    I can't live without it now. Good job Shazam!

  • The news feed should be optional

    by Cassie Bolson

    It's annoying to people who don't care for it cause it's constantly popping up in the notifications. And the new update seems like it's gonna do that even more.

  • Keeps getting better

    by Long time , first time

    Love the new features of newsfeed and auto shazam. Great to leave on when watching movies to get all the cool songs

  • I love this app

    by Doubleman-TX

    It works and does a great job.

  • Great App

    by R3DWall

    Has been a lifesaver in the past when you don’t know the great song playing in the background. I like the new look and feel.

  • Loving the update!

    by mai_ness11

    Love that the home screen now tells you what you can Shazam. And it seems like it recognizes the songs faster!

  • News Notifications are excessive

    by Rebecca Saxton

    Overall, this is a great app! I use it several times a week. However, within the past month, the notifications for what Shazam considers to be "news" have increased considerably! It's irritating. I'm not going to pay for this app, but as soon as I find another app that can fit the bill, I'll ditch Shazam simply because of the notifications. The "news" isn't anything noteworthy.

  • witzer54321

    by Fitzer12345

    Love the app, works well, like to sing along to the synchronized lyrics!

  • Buggy release again

    by whooguy

    This version has an issue that when I open the app and I'm playing music from the music app via my Bluetooth headphones, the headphones disconnect and I can't get the audio to go through the headphones without a restart of my phone. No other music apps I have cause this problem.

  • Updates make it worse

    by Robbiec57

    With each update from the past few months shazam has gotten slower and slower with identifying songs and now it doesn't recognize anything where as a few months ago I had no problems please bring back the old shazam!

  • Updates make it worse

    by Robbiec57

    With each update from the past few months shazam has gotten slower and slower with identifying songs and now it doesn't recognize anything where as a few months ago I had no problems please bring back the old shazam!

  • Stop with the stupid Auto Shazam

    by Anon23765

    Dumb feature that gets in the way with constant popups trying to get met to enable it. Every time I hit the button to listen to music this stupid pop-up shows up. Horrible execution.

  • Can't share to Facebook

    by D**** G******

    Generally like this app. Love it, actually. But since the last update, I can no longer share to Facebook. Please fix.

  • The fight for second screen dominance is over

    by TheJBV

    I've always known and loved Shazam for music recognition but didn't realize how cool of an app it is for engaging w my favorite shows on TV! Super Bowl was good and the Grammys were amazing! Keep it up Shazam- you're the best app out there and the only thing I use EVERY SINGLE DAY.

  • Love this app!

    by SwisaNoName

    Try Shazam when watching tv! I used it for the Beatles 50 the other night - amazing result!

  • Great New Design for Music Tracks!

    by skeewillie

    Auto Shazam is pretty cool. I find tons of new songs this way. The new design welcomes Shazam to 2014 and the content seems improved. Also, Now I can purchase multiple songs from iTunes at once…been waiting on this for a while.

  • Great updates

    by Charles4567

    I love the news feed function!

  • Love it!

    by Robert Lanham

    Big fan...use it for TV and Radio.

  • Keeps getting better

    by Boohammer

    The fact I can Shazam my favorite songs AND my favorite shows for exclusive content makes Shazam a wonderful App.

  • Nice Clean and simple design

    by Grantss

    Loving the new look Shazam. My home screen essential.

  • Music favorite

    by Alexvoch

    Amazing app.

  • Love it except one little thing

    by Morganne ^.^

    Love this app it's helped me so much! The only thing I would change about it is to have it not need an Internet connection because I'm on an iPod touch and don't have 4g

  • Stop with updates!

    by Searnoxian

    Stop with the freakin' updates every single week. It's not like you add some major fixes or improvements. Good app but i see virtually no difference between now and 3 years ago. Only reason i update is because i don't like the red circle on my "appstore" app!

  • The new Shazam is great!

    by Beej321

    The new redesign is beautiful. Really clean and inline with the look of iOS 7. Also loving that Shazam now tags TV as well as music. Cool stuff!

  • Horrible App

    by BaranXXI

    This app started off good. It was useful. It worked. The most important thing. It worked. NOW, it is a ripoff and nothing else. It is fake. It's something. Whatever it is, it doesn't work! It can't come up with anything. It lets a song stay pending for the longest time, and they got rid of the resend feature for pending requests. I don't know why it says it's pending if there is no use for it. In other words, this app went BANKRUPT when it comes to innovation or improvement. There isn't a way to get the old version so basically nobody needs to phrase the word Shazam anymore since it's absolutely no use.

  • Oriented to pop teen crowd

    by Agilefalcon

    Doesn't do much of a job with anything other than mainstream popular/teen pop. If you are into jazz, world, new age then forget it. Plus it bombards you with ads for headsets - thankfully got to try it before forking over money.

  • Nice update!

    by KitCat2000

    the look and feel is seems improved. Tagging feels much more responsive than before. Tagging radio in the car consistently gives me recognitions in about 1-2 seconds, way faster than the competition. The news feed is a really nice looking feature. I really like it. Check it out!

  • Best App

    by Musicman1!

    Just keeps getting better - loving auto-shazam!

  • Great new update!

    by Xlnt235

    Very impressed with the new features. Amazed at how far this app has come!

  • Love the new design!

    by Symrh973

    New design is really cool, still loving auto shazam

  • Phenomenal

    by Sgttoomey

    Love the upgrade!

  • Great app!

    by Laure Marshall

    Love the country chart feature.

  • Love the new look!

    by muzac1

    Nice one Shazam. Love the new look when you find a match! Also didn’t know Shazam recommends similar music to me - very cool!

  • I love Shazam

    by Atn107

    I love that you can use Shazam to recognize almost anything including tv and music! And auto Shazam is amazing. I leave it on when I go out and there's a great playlist!

  • use it daily

    by HappyParts

    it seems faster now. I also use it alot for TV show music.

  • Shazam Keeps Getting Better

    by Slipkid2014

    Love the new features - news feed, auto Shazam - that make it easier for me to discover more from favorite and new artists alike. Well done Shazam!

  • My Favorite App!

    by MCrowleyNYC

    Shazam is by far and away my favorite, most used app on my iPhone. Highly recommend!

  • AWESOME! LOVE Shazam!

    by Lola girl!

    Faster than ever. Can't live without my SHAZAM!!

  • BAD


    When I ShaZam a song a FULL SCREEN AD comes on, take it off. No I will not pay $7 to take it off either. If you don't fix this I'm going to SoundHound.!!!!!fix it

  • Sofa king good

    by Robo the como

    This app rules

  • Review

    by Anna_jaycine

    Love it!!!!!

  • Awesome new design

    by DD-London

    Awesome new design!

  • Stop the stupid news feed!!!!!

    by cali_hot_boy_

    It's really annoying to see little red message reminders on my phone all the time. Keep it simple!!!!!!!!

  • Ruined by updates

    by Fendaar

    Shazam was amazing in previous versions. Now, it works maybe one in ten times.

  • .

    by mamdou77777'


  • Used to be better

    by Charlie Kyle

    I would easily give this app 5 stars, but recently it wouldn't work the first time I clicked the Shazam button. I had to click it a 2nd or 3rd time to work. Please fix :)

  • Great app!

    by tradrsam

    I’m loving Auto Shazam - it works so well for TV or in the car. The news feature is pretty cool too. Thank you, Shazam!

  • Best app EVER

    by Amorimmel

    For those looking for the name of music, this is without doubt the best!

  • Good app

    by Hamid9378

    Very very nice

  • Fantastic

    by Xodam

    Very Fantastic :)

  • Music

    by Kev123456

    Good program

  • Works Great!

    by Miss004

    I don't know about the other reviews, but i tried this on a CD i had and didn't know the artists, it got the songs right. I give it mad props (and they were with no lyrics - that's where this comes in handy)

  • Wv

    by Omar Albarghouty

    One of my favorite apps ever. It's magical.

  • Good music recognition

    by JJR512

    The core feature of this app, identifying songs, works great. But I'm giving it one star because I don't like the app itself. If it only did one thing, identify songs, I'd give it give stars. But it tried to do so much more than I want it to, like give me music news and tell me what other people I know are listening to, and I just don't care about that stuff. What finally made me decide to give any review at all is the news feature, that will put a number on the app icon so you'll know the app wants to tell you something. I don't care about what it wants to tell me and I resent the fact that's have to open the app and look at crap I do to care about just to clear off that number from the app icon. It would be different if any of these superfluous features could be turned off or disabled, but they can't, and when I contacted the app publisher, I received no response. So it gets one star here instead.

  • cool

    by ssshahraddd

    this app know every music!!!that's great!!!

  • Not worth it.

    by Ashley Laughlin 

    Terrible app. It is never able to identify any songs. SoundHound is much better and has more features.


    by Olivia574757364

    I had this Bollywood song stuck in my head for days, and Soundhound couldn't identify it. So I decided to give Shazam a try. It identified the song almost immediately!

  • Awesome

    by RobbyDU

    I've used this app to I.D. Dozens of songs. This app identifies the majority of the songs within seconds and a few had to be sent in and returned to me within 5 minutes. No doubt, this app is a must have for everyone.

  • News Feed

    by Camila Vargas

    You guys need to turn this news feed notification off. It's so annoying and I really don't care for it...

  • Great, but...

    by demonicdisciple

    I feel the app has lost its way. It's trying to grow into more then the simple app that tells you what son you are listening to. I don't care about the stupid updates it tries to tell me about. I don't care to have it listen to everything I do. I don't care to learn more about the commercials I am forced to watch. All I want is to find out what song I am listening to.

  • Was better before the update

    by Hermes the wrestling doctor

    I love what shazam can do but I don't care about what my friends shazam or what is popular. The whole news tab is useless to me. Also the app constantly sends me notifications and has the red number in its corner

  • Thanks for the junk upgrade

    by amexblue

    Had to upgrade because the app wouldn't read any tags. Upgrade and still no tags. Then ALL my freaking tags were erased. Great.

  • Complete Garbage

    by LiamBanks

    Fails to send the song every time I try to tag despite full LTE. Deleting and reinstalling app does nothing. Works fine on my girlfriends iphone 5. iPhone 5s problem?

  • Annoying

    by Ryan48093

    Not consistent. Unreliable. Works only sometimes.

  • horrible.

    by Jason80#

    used to work, but ever since the update it's useless.

  • Much better apps

    by 713Rodriguez

    Overrated app unless you have the phone right next to the speaker and the song has to be the clearest version of it, it won't recognize humming, singing, or concerts. Useless.

  • Slow and glitchy useless

    by msala035

    Useless wasted of time

  • So bloated its slow to open now

    by Jcnola

    I miss tags all the time. Too slow to be much use.

  • Multiple tags saved, all come out identical

    by NekoPeque

    I tagged 12 songs in Italy and when i got back to France and wifi they all came out as one song, and not even the first one i tagged. This is a serious bug especially since I heard a lot of childhood music I hadn't heard in years.

  • Was great.

    by Krug j.

    Since update. When it says 2 pending and then I get in touch with wifi it says 2 tags found but they are both the same song. Please fix.

  • Good, but constant notifications

    by Svensphoto

    I've always liked the shazaam app. But now they added notifications and it always shows the red dot like it needs my attention. I find that very annoying.

  • Terrible

    by Gabrielei

    It just doesn't work, it says I'm offline while obviously I'm not. I regret paying for encore since they have adds even there.

  • Need a new update!

    by That one player

    Ever since the new update it wouldn't let me shazam any songs

  • One Complaint

    by Wombatmatty

    It works well; I'm just tired of the sudden and constant news notifications that I don't read putting a number over the app icon.

  • What happened?

    by take_me_seriously

    This app used to be awesome!

  • Can't tag anything!

    by aj031890

    On a consistent basis I try to tag a song and it fails to do it because I'm supposedly "not connected" even though I'm on full strength LTE or WiFi. Every time I try to tag something it just says it will tag when I'm connected. But I never seem to be "connected". I've tried rebooted. Killing and restarting and even reinstalling to no avail. I have no problems with sound hound. I'm THIS CLOSE to deletion.

  • Trash!!!

    by Crater nono

    App doesn't work at all when tagging a song just crashes and says loading!! This is just trash I hate it

  • Very very buggy release

    by whooguy

    This version is extremely buggy. Has a hard time connecting to the network even though other apps can. Also I've noticed if this app is running in the background it makes the whole phone slow. I'm on an Iphone 5s. Update: First tag after app first opens always fails to capture audio.

  • What happened?

    by Smoov747

    Of course some of the most intriguing songs I've heard in a while and I can't tag any songs!!! Been over a week now

  • Was soooo good! But now...

    by CartoonSuperHero

    The last update is horrible. Nothing works anymore. Crash, crash, crash. Unresponsive. Tagging error EVERY time. Please fix!

  • Ehh where is my review Shazam?

    by Smoke 206

    Ehhh where is my review Shazam! This is disappointing again! I posted a review to help you guys even tho it's a 2 star but I posted it to help you guys but it's seems you guys don't care! That's unfortunate! Now it's -5 stars for me! I hope this gets posted!

  • Tags are seriously MESSED UP!

    by Maiasatara

    I don't know how or why but not only are my tags no longer in order by date tagged but there are three or four times as many, including songs I don't like and tags that pre-date the purchase of my first iPhone!!! What the hell?! And no, I didn't leave it on auto. That's a little too big brother for me unless I'm at a movie - for that it's a great idea (no patrons getting annoyed by my phone lighting up when I want to tag something) and the only reason for the second star. I want to have the option to sort my tags by date or alpha by artist or title. This random Brubeck in 2011 followed by Zap Mama in 2013 followed by some metal song I hate has got to stop!!!!

  • Tags

    by Peace Maker 45

    When I'm not connected to wifi and I Shazam a song; my song won't be in the tags. Fix please.

  • Please fix!

    by Lowcountry girl

    I've seen other people are having the same problem as I am. Every time I try to get a song, it says to retry when I'm connected. It refuses to work for me. Please fix soon :(

  • Getting boring

    by hotsands

    Soundhound and Juked are way better and have no ads.


    by Jose reyes

    I rarely do reviews but I had to for this one. I've been searching the names of songs for YEARS.And I finally found it. THANK YOU SO MUCH SHAZAM!!!!!!

  • Not working at all some days

    by Kimosabikim

    Press the listen button and it just refreshes the button instead of listening for music. Has happened three days so far in the last week. Please fix

  • Errr

    by jessboo730

    Ever since I downloaded the new update, I'm unable to visualize any of "my tags". Anyone else experiencing the same issue? Very frustrated.

  • View More


Top Music Apps

Loading More Awesome Apps...