Shazam

Name that am­bi­ent noise

Mac Format - - RATED -

Free De­vel­oper Shazam En­ter­tain­ment Limited, shazam.com

OS OS X 10.9 Re­quires 64-bit Mac, Sound in­put We loved our first ex­pe­ri­ence of Shazam on iPhone: hear a song, tap a but­ton and a few seconds later, get its ti­tle. Up­dates have added links to on­line ser­vices, lyrics, videos, artist info and more.

What hap­pened with the Mac re­lease? It’s aw­ful. In­stead of ac­ti­vat­ing on de­mand, it lurks in the back­ground and tries to log ev­ery­thing. On our test Macs, the app was slower than its iPhone sib­ling, and of­ten failed to work at all.

Left for a while, though, it ac­crues a huge list – even when there’s no mu­sic about. With am­bi­ent noise, we still got a list of ran­dom tracks. Th­ese en­tries can’t be deleted.

Un­like on the iPhone, you get few ex­tras – an iTunes link and so­cial net­work sharing. For any­thing more, you click an en­try and are hurled to Shazam’s web­site. Given what the iPhone app can pack into a tiny space, this is yet an­other dis­ap­point­ment. Craig Gran­nell

A sub­stan­dard Mac ver­sion of a stand­out mo­bile app. Even though it’s free, we felt ripped off.

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