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BlackBerry tips for music lovers

Published:Saturday | March 13, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Gordon Swaby, Gleaner Writer

Nowadays, it seems as if everyone has a BlackBerry smartphone. But here is the money question: Is your BB working for you, or are you working for it?

It's not all about the hype of ownership, or being on BBM (BlackBerry's instant messenger service) with your friends, or even those colourful skins everyone seems to be sporting. It's not even about that snobbish narcissistic sense of fulfilment when that Palace Amusement ad pops up in the cinemas distinguishing BB users as a species above mere ladies and gentlemen.

Your BlackBerry is not only sleek and very powerful, it's also very useful if you know how to use it well.

If you love music as much as I do, you've probably come across songs on the radio or TV that you absolutely love but can never figure out whose voice it is. An application for BlackBerry phones - called Shazam - is most def what you're looking for.

This is how it works: You hear a song you like but don't quite know who the artiste is. Open the app on your phone; hold your phone to the source of the music. Shazam searches its library of more than eight million songs and in a few seconds gives you all the information about it.

That's it! Cool, right? Shazam basic is free and easy to install. You can download it straight from the BlackBerry repository (App World). If you don't have App World on your BB, go to your web browser and enter this address: to download it on to your phone. Once it's installed, do a store search for 'Shazam' and you will be good to go!

So, the next time you find yourself dying to know whose great voice is coming out of your speakers, save yourself a phone call to the radio station or a horrible rendition of the song to your friends. Instead, whip out your BlackBerry, launch Shazam and start discovering!

If you want more tips or have an issue that you want me to write about, feel free to drop me an email at with the subject 'Tech-KNOW-logy: BlackBerry Tips'. I'm always ready and willing to help.