Shazam redesigns its fugly apps: larger artwork, Google+ sharing, offline tagging

By , Dec 11, 2012

Shazam, a music identification service popular with smartphone owners, today issued a nice update to both its free and paid iPhone apps. For starters, Shazam version 5.5 integrates better with iOS 6 by invoking the standard system sheet when sharing tags to Facebook (really, what took so long?). More importantly, you can now record audio snippets offline for later matching, something I’ve been yearning for since the dawn of time.

Google+ sharing is also supported, as is searching by name, title, tag date or location. Last, but certainly not the least, the app’s fugly interface has been overhauled with larger artwork for music, TV ads, or shows, a prettier listening screen and generally nicer-looking interface that’s easy on the eyes and more in line with Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines.

These features are in addition to September’s update (when Shazam raised $32 million in funding), which has brought out the interesting ability to tag any television show on any channel in the United States…

I love the new-look listening screen, with the blue Shazam dial that responds to the music around you.

What I really wanna see is some native love on iPads, the sooner the better.

From release notes:

○ all new Tagging screen that responds to the sounds around you
○ tagging without coverage? Shazam now matches automatically when you next have a connection
○ Search My Tags: scroll up to the top of the My Tags to search for artists, titles, tag dates and tag locations
○ Share tags on Google+
○ For VoiceOver users, Shazam now has a “magic tap”: start tagging immediately with a two-finger double-tap from anywhere in the app

Fixes and improvements
○ Pull to Refresh restored to Shazam Friends
○ Sharing Tags on Facebook now uses the iOS native sharing screen

Shazam, the London, UK-headquartered startup, was founded in 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang and Dhiraj Mukherjee. The service is available both free and commercially on iOS, Android and a number of other computing platforms.

Like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, Shazam apps are easily found on many people’s home screens.

If you haven’t played with the program yet, you’re missing out a lot.

The app couldn’t be simpler.

You just hit the Listen button to record a snippet of whatever is playing around you. The program then uploads the sound file to the cloud for instant matching against a database of millions of commercial songs.

Moments later, the song’s and artists’s name appears in-app, with useful links to related music videos on YouTube, iTunes and more.

My workflow typically entails identifying songs on a whim – mostly when I’m out and about – and hitting the Send to Spotify button that instantly launches the Spotify app with matching results.

That’s how I do music these days.

I use to be a big spender on the iTunes music store, but not anymore.

Why buy individual songs when an album’s worth of iTunes music can buy unlimited access to the millions of songs on Spotify, right?

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  • queen_ir3ne

    Offline tagging is what I’ve been waiting for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380073379 Quang Truong

    iOS6 required :|

  • Falk M.

    Soundhound ftw…
    The only thing that Shazam’s got over Soundhound are scrolling lyrics and tv show tagging.

    • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

      Soundhound has scrolling lyrics too except in Soundhound they are called live lyrics. They haven’t been working at all for me lately though, I think they may have removed them or they just don’t work with iTunes Match.

      • Falk M.

        Oh thank you, I never noticed.
        Probably because I don’t really use it to play my music.

        I prefer the stock music app because I want my play counts to be updated. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        I don’t know much about play count through Soundhound but I do know that Soundhound still uses the Music app to play the songs so maybe it does still update play count? Anyway I like to play my songs through Soundhound sometimes just to see the lyrics when I don’t understand that certain part of a song if you know what I mean XD

      • Falk M.

        Nope. It’s a (silly) iOS restriction.
        Apps that access the device’s media library cannot update the play count.
        (it’s a read-only permission kind of thing)

        No way past that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/antman217 Anthony Antunez

        Ahh well thats unfortunate :(

  • http://twitter.com/_lemonhead94_ lemonhead

    Is there a way to fake appstore so u could possibly update on ios 5.1.1? Already tried to fake versionplist to ios 6.0.1 –> sadly no luck

    • Falk M.

      Maybe you can try finding a fix by googling for a solution to get iPhoto running on whatever was unsupported but a jailbroken version back when iPhoto released. :)

      • http://twitter.com/_lemonhead94_ lemonhead

        Good Call homie !
        I’m a look into that…

    • http://www.facebook.com/thedogcow Matthew Dell

      Used IPA Installer Console to force the install, but it drops back to the springboard as soon as it is launched :( Changing shazam’s info.plist MinimumOSVersion doesn’t help either. I guess it requires iOS6 APIs for something!

      • http://twitter.com/_lemonhead94_ lemonhead

        Wait what’s IPA Installer never heard of it. Is it a Desktop Application ?

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    Too bad it requires iOS 6, a “hell-no!!” iOS update.

    v5.1.1 of the app works fine for me if it means skipping iOS 6 :)

  • http://www.tagspaces.org/ Kiril Velichkov

    Offline Tagging helps a lot