Shazam Encore

App review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Kid-safe but often inaccurate at recognizing music.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The app itself is a little disjointed, but activating the tagging process is easy: Just tap the main screen (or the tagging button in the upper right of other screens) and the app samples the music for about 1 seconds before attempting to return a title. Buying a song through Shazam is a simple matter of tapping a button. Unfortunately, as with all such apps, the trip into iTunes is one way only. To return to Shazam and tag another song you have to relaunch the app.


Every song that Shazam identifies generates a recommended list complete with iTunes purchase links.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shazam is an amazing -- if not always 100 percent effective -- app that identifies songs picked up by the iPhone's mic. If the app recognizes the song, it displays the name and artist along with a link to the iTunes store. Song names and lyrics can contain iffy language or mature references. Kids can post music information found through the app through a direct connection with Facebook or Twitter.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byL0tv024 July 7, 2019

Needs parental controls.

Any kid has access to all of the unedited lyrics at any time. I looked up the lyrics for Starships by Nicki Minaj because my kids like the radio edit version,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTiziano_Perfetti April 25, 2016
Kid, 12 years old November 25, 2013

Awesome app

This app is the best if you dont know how to download songs you can just put on shazam and it has all the newest hits!!!

Is it any good?

Who sings that song? Shazam promises instant satisfaction by identifying any song you point the mic at. Unfortunately, it's not that good. It failed to identify about half the songs played over our laptop's speakers. It did better with loud, high-quality stereo music. But Shazam works only with recorded songs; it doesn't recognize live performances, such as your voice. We recommend applying your five bucks to Midomi Soundhound, which can do all this and more.

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