Siri lets you relive your audio misadventures.

Want to see all the songs you've found via Siri or iTunes Radio? Photo: Buster Hein/Cult of Mac

iOS 8 includes Shazam — a magical technology that gives your iPhone the power to listen to a song and tell you what it is. In the car, at a movie theater, or even at a crowded bar, you can just ask Siri, “What song is playing?” or hold your home button for a few seconds, and your iPhone will use Shazam tech to tell you exactly what song is in your environment. You can also (surprise) buy the song you just recognized via a little button in the results screen.

But what if you want to buy it later? Or remember what song was playing at the bar last night when that cute girl gave you her number? You can easily do just that with a quick trip to iTunes on your iPhone.

Tap the icon for the iTunes Store and you’ll see the familiar set of featured albums and New Music. Tap on the little menu button in the upper right (it looks like a bulleted list with three lines) and you’ll access your Wish List, Siri, Radio, and Previews screen.

Screengrab: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac

To see what you’ve had Siri recognize for you, simply tap on the Siri tab at the top of the page. Your iPhone will list out all the songs you wanted to know more about, along with a handy button to buy the song to the right of the song title. Super useful!

If you’re trying to remember what songs were playing for you on iTunes Radio, simply tap on the Radio tab at the top of the same page and you’ll get a list of all the songs played on any of your iCloud-connected devices via iTunes Radio.

Now you can relive all your audio adventures with a quick tap or two, and even contribute to your music collection with a buy in the iTunes Store. How convenient!

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Shazam for iOS 7.

Much like Twitterrific’s update for iOS 7, Shazam has spruced up their app with flattened, descriptive wiry icons and simple color palettes that make the app feel at home on Apple’s new OS. Perhaps the only noticeable difference is that Shazam asks for Microphone access, a new requirement as of iOS 7, so that it can listen to what’s playing in the background to identify songs. It’s visually a nice update, but much of it is the same as before. It’s cleaner and more focused, with nice looking fades and animations as you switch between tabs.

The features added to iOS 7 revolve around social maps and Facebook. Eh. I don’t know how Shazam feels about people like me, but I’m not so intent on sharing songs with friends and seeing what people are listening to around me. I said the same thing when I took a look at the revamped iPad app earlier in the year, and I feel somewhat alienated since the only thing I really want to use Shazam for is ID’ing tracks playing at over loudspeakers, on the radio, or when some remixed version of a song pops up on a livestream somewhere. The social stuff… I don’t want any part of it. It’s cool. It’s just not for me.

Shazam currently sells a free version of Shazam, complete with advertisements that you can remove with an in-app purchase. For a few bucks you can straight up buy a version of Shazam with a darker blue icon free of ads. And then there’s a product RED version of the app that looks cool, and also removes ads. I’d rather see a single version of Shazam that’s free, with Lifetime (or Encore) as an IAP and RED as an optional theme, which you could also pay for. It’d remove a lot of the confusion about which version is which on the App Store. Regardless, if you’d like to give Shazam a try (the ID stuff is amazing — why don’t you have it?), you can download one of the following variants from the App Store:

Best apps new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c owners should download right now!

Best apps new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c should download right now!

THERE ARE ALMOST A MILLION APPS ON THE IOS APP STORE. SORTING THROUGH THEM CAN BE AN INCREDIBLE PAIN. THAT’S WHY WE’VE DONE IT FOR YOU. THESE ARE THE VERY BEST, MOST MUST-HAVE APPS FOR NEW IPHONE 5S AND IPHONE 5C OWNERS. DOWNLOAD THEM NOW!

Just get a brand new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, or a new iPhone or iPod touch of any kind? iOS 7 comes with a ton of fantastic built-in apps, from iMessage to Camera,Mail to Safari, and prompts you to download not only a bunch of Apple apps, likeiBooks and Podcasts, but integrated apps like Twitter and Facebook as well. It’s enough to get anyone off to a great start, but only a start. Among the almost million App Store apps are a bunch of other really good apps that even casual users can get a ton of benefit from. Here are some of our favorites!

Note: We’re not duplicating any of the built-in or suggested-by-Apple apps in this list; we’ll do separate articles on best replacement apps! This is for different and additional stuff. The extras! We’ll also be updating and adding to this list often, whenever new or just plain better apps come along. So, bookmark and share it, and come back often!

Dropbox online storage

Dropbox online storage

Dropbox is a cloud storage and sync service that, on the Mac, can make sure anything in its special folder is kept safe online and mirrored on any other Mac you install it on. On iOS, the Dropbox app gives you near-line access to all the same files. What’s more, Dropbox provides a powerful integration for developers that allow many other apps to tie into their service and use them for cloud storage and sync as well. The apps are free, as is a small amount of storage. More storage is available via promotions and, of course, for a price.

Shazam music identification

Shazam music identification

If you’ve ever been walking through a store, or watching a TV show, or enjoying a tasty beverage when a great song started to play, you’ve likely had the urge to identify the song and maybe even buy it immediately. Well, with Shazam you can! Simply launch Shazam, tap the screen, and a long as the music is loud and clear enough, and well known enough to be identifiable, Shazam will find it. You’ll get not only the name, but the ability to share your discovery, and even find it in the iTunes Music store if you so wish. It really is like magic!

Air Video HD streaming

There are a ton of options to watch video on your iPhone, including buying or streaming directly on your device. But what about all those old, legacy format videos on your Mac or Windows PC hard drives? All those home movies you’ve made or DVDs you’ve – legally in your jurisdiction – ripped and stored for safe keeping? Air Video HD is for those. Run the small Air Video Server app on your desktop, and then not only can you stream any video, in any format, transcoded on-the-fly to your iPhone, but you can re-stream it to your Apple TV via AirPlay as well. Air Video is a video junkies best friend.

Launch Center Pro quick actions

iOS is great at launching apps, not so good at launching actions. That’s where Launch Center Pro comes in. Drop it on your Home screen or Dock, and every time you tap it it presents you with an array of quick actions, from going to websites, performing searches, contacting specific people, tweet out a message, create a todo, and much, much more. If you like how easy iOS is to use, but wish you could do more with it, Launch Center Pro is for you.

Screens 3 VNC

Screens 3 is now the best VNC client for iOS 7

Screens lets you use your iPhone to remotely view and interact with your Mac or Windows PC. Using such a tiny screen to control such a big screen might seem difficult if not impossible, and indeed it does work better on the iPad, but Screens does a great job making it as usable as possible even on the iPhone. It’s long been the dream of every IT professional to run their server room from poolside, and every home technologist to run their desktop from the sofa. Screens makes that a reality.

1Password login management

While Apple teased iCloud keychain for iOS 7, they haven’t yet deployed it. Luckily the folks at 1Password have a much more robust app you can use for that, and even more. It can’t access Safari the way Apple can, but it does have a built in browser and support for all your logins, credit cards, licenses, accounts, and more. And 1Password can sync them across devices and platforms. Plus, with its own master password, you can unlock your phone without worrying about unlocking everything else.

Kahn Academy educational archive

Kahn Academy is one of the best products of education and the internet, and with the Khan Academy app for the iPhone, you have free access videos on topics ranging from kindergarten, advanced science, humanities, history, and more. You can even download the videos to watch offline. If you’re in school or you have kids in school, get Kahn Academy.

Tripit travel planner

Pair Tripit for iPhone with a Tripit account and the iPhone becomes your virtual travel assistant. Simply email any flight or hotel confirmations to TripIt and they’ll automagically get logged and displayed on your iPhone, along with helpful maps and additional information to make your travel safer and easier. Basic accounts are free, but if you’re a frequent traveler and faster, more meaningful alerts would be beneficial to you, a paid account is more than worthwhile.

Reeder 2 RSS reader

Reeder lets you save and organize RSS feeds from all your favorite websites in one convenient app. Since Apple dropped RSS support from Safari, and Google dropped Google Reader, it’s been a challenging year for news junkies. Luckily Reeder has rebooted with support for a ton of new sync services, and has once again regained its spot at the top or feed mountain.

Google Search (with Google Now predictive results)

Google Search not only provides text and voice-based search, as the name implies, but also incorporates Google Now technology. That means it uses your location, calendar, and the information Google knows about you and your contacts to provide predictive information for you, presented on easy to use, easy to dismiss cards. Weather, travel, and more shuffle up, and can be shuffled away. It’s not the same, native experience you get on Google’s own Android, and it’s not the same as Apple’s Siri, but if you’re willing to trust it with your data, it’s a useful feature to have around.