Song Buddy monitors what you're playing in iTunes or Windows Media Player, and can tell you more about the current artist whenever required.

We tried playing a few songs in Windows Media Player, then clicking Song Buddy's system tray icon. A small window popped up each time, correctly identifying the current artist and track, and displaying an image and basic biography.

Clicking the Releases tab displays the artist's previous album releases, along with their cover art, release date, and links to track listings (with previews) or iTunes.

A "Similar" tab lists similar artists, an Events tab displays upcoming concerts, and Song Buddy has links to the artist's home page, Twitter and Facebook account, YouTube channel, Spotify, Wikipedia and iTunes page, as appropriate.

There's also an option to search for an artist by name. Once they're found, you can then access the release lists, "Similar Artists" page and other details just as before.

Version 1.10 brings "bug fixes and speed improvements".

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Song Buddy was an inconsistent performer for us - some searches were fast, others frustratingly slow - but when it worked it delivered plenty of useful information and links.