You’re innocently going about your day when it happens: You hear a song you’ve never heard before. It rules. You need to know what it is.
Before the age of smartphones, this would probably require writing down a few lyrics to Google later. Before computers, you’d probably have to come to terms with never ever hearing that song again in your life, or perhaps singing the half-remembered chorus to a snide record store employee. Nowadays, a plethora of apps can help you track down any stray tune that drifts into your ear.
I have gone through these apps and compiled the best of the best, so that you don’t have to. And yes, we realize you probably have one of these installed already, but maybe you’ve forgotten to use it, which would be a shame. Besides, some of these take a different approach, so you might want to install more than one. There’s a world of music all around you — don’t let it slip away.
1. Shazam (Free, iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry)
With unlimited tagging and loads of features, the original music ID app is still the best. Shazam identifies songs quickly and accurately, and the app is fully integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Pandora. It has also scrapped most of the limitations they used to have on the software, meaning you can now tag as many songs as you want.