With Apple Music launching in just a few hours, media identification service Shazam on Tuesday announced a new version of its mobile app focused on the ability to check out all the songs that artists you follow are discovering on Shazam.
This new feature is in addition to lists of most-often Shazamed songs by region, genre and overall that were available before.
The update is rolling out today on iOS and Android.
The company has said that musicians like Pitbull, Wiz Khalifa, Coldplay, Calvin Harris, Jason Derulo, One Direction, Aviccii, Fallout Boy, Usher and more have agreed to give fans a peek into their musical lives, with goals to add hundreds more musicians from around the world.
To see music your favorite artists are Shazaming and stream it instantly, you must first follow them, which also makes it easy to stay in the loop regarding videos, new albums and singles posted by all the artists you follow. Before today, artist profile pages only highlighted their top tracks and videos, but not recently Shazamed songs.
Here’s how it works.
These features remind me a lot of Apple Music, which launches today at 8am Pacific and includes a Connect feature where artists can post photos, lyrics, behind-the-scenes clips, interviews and more.
Wondering about the song in that video?
It’s “Cool” by Alesso featuring Roy English, available on iTunes.
Shazam is integrated into Siri on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices so you can ask the personal assistant ”What song is playing?” to trigger Shazam’s listening mode.
An update last week has added Shazam counts for seeing how many people have Shazamed each track, as well as easier play listing with support for Spotify or Rdio playlists.
Oh, and Shazam is ready for today’s launch of Apple Music. “As you discover music, tap the Apple Music button to experience it all for three months, free,” developers said.