Shazam updated for iOS 8 with Today widget for tagged music and more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2014

Shazam, a song-matching service that recently passed 100 million active users, on Tuesday released a major update to its free iPhone and iPad application.

Available free of charge in the App Store, the refreshed Shazam 8.0 has been optimized for iOS 8 and introduces a handy Today widget that lists tagged music recognized through the background-listening Auto Shazam feature.

A new Charts page in News Feed lists collates popular tracks other Shazam users have tagged and track lists now have a nicer looking layout. Read More

 

Shazam testing Beats Music integration

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2014

When Apple unleashes iOS 8 for public consumption come this Fall, music lovers will be invited to take advantage of Siri’s new and awesomely seamless Shazam integration which lets you identify songs playing nearby simply by asking “what’s playing”.

According to eagle-eyed reporters, it appears that Shazam has now added Beats Music integration to their free iPhone and iPad appRead More

 

Shazam launches new always-on menu bar app for Mac

By Cody Lee on Jul 31, 2014

Popular audio identification service Shazam launched a new application for the Mac this morning. It lives in the operating system’s menu bar, and offers a lot of the same features seen in its iOS counterpart, with a few new tricks.

Because it resides in the menu bar, Shazam for Mac is always-on and constantly running in the background listening for audio to identify. Once it recognizes a track, the app offers quick access to lyrics, song info and downloads… Read More

 

Shazam for iOS updated with in-app track playback via Rdio

By Cody Lee on Jul 15, 2014

Shazam has updated its free and Encore iOS apps, bringing them both to version 7.7.0. The update brings about a new feature to both clients that allows users to play back recognized songs in-app, courtesy of Rdio.

While users have long been able to do this—play recognized tracks through Rdio—past functionality required them to switch out of Shazam and into Rdio. They can now playback [full] songs without switching apps… Read More

 

Shazam updated with new results page, Line integration and more

By Cody Lee on May 14, 2014

Shazam updated its mobile app this afternoon, bringing the iOS client to version 7.6. The update brings about a handful of improvements for the song ID software, including a new results page and support for LINE messaging.

The new results page makes for a better experience while ‘shazaming’ TV shows, as you’ll now be able to see a full cast list, as well as catch up on story lines and gossip. And you can then share those new results via the LINE app… Read More

 

Apple reportedly building song-identification feature for iOS, partnering with Shazam

By Jake Smith on Apr 16, 2014

Apple is working on a song-identification feature within its iOS software, in an effort to continue building out its Music offering to combat streaming services and declining iTunes sales, according to Bloomberg.

Apple is said to be partnering with Shazam, a third-party service on the App Store that allows users to press a button and recognize music and media playing around them. On the iPhone and iPad in a future iOS update, users will be able to identify songs and artists without having to download an app, the report says. Read More

 

Shazam revamps content pages, introduces scrollable lyrics, enhanced Rdio support and more

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 28, 2014

Friday, music discovery engine Shazam has refreshed its iOS apps with some fine new features, starting with a brand new track page design and a new look and feel for video, album, track reviews, artist bios and other pages.

“Many” (but not all) song lyrics will now scroll in time with the music, a handy feature if you’re singing along a song trying to remember the lyrics.

Shazam last December added the ability to listen for songs and television shows in the background, tagging them automatically.

Background listening can negatively impact your battery so you’ll be delighted to learn that the new Shazam 7.5 apps are more power friendly “so you don’t need to worry about your battery life while it’s running.”

Both the free, ad-supported Shazam and the paid Shazam Encore have been updated with these changes… Read More

 

Shazam and Warner Music Group form crowd-sourced record label

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 19, 2014

The media discovery service Shazam and Warner Music Group (WMG) have struck an interesting partnership that will see the former not only discover new acts by analyzing what new songs people tag most, but also sign them to a new Shazam branded label.

Yup, you read that right: the development marks the arrival of the first crowd-sourced record label. Shazam is the world’s top music-tagging and discovery engine and WMG is the largest American-owned music conglomerate worldwide, the third largest label in the global music industry and one of the big three recording companies… Read More

 

Shazam’s iPhone app gets an overhaul

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 10, 2014

With increased competition in the media-fingerprinting and recommendations space and an ever-growing number of new music services vying for our attention, incumbents like Shazam are finding it harder to stay relevant.

Shazam is of course wildly popular so it’s not really going anywhere. On the other hand, with growth slowing – they have 150 million users – the company has now decided to redesign the iPhone app in order to increase engagement.

The app redesign signals bigger changes coming to the service later this month. Both Shazam and Shazam Encore have received this visual makeover, now live in the App Store… Read More

 

Shazam gains auto-listening feature, WhatsApp and Pinterest integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 19, 2013

The increasingly popular music discovery and fingerprinting service Shazam has just refreshed its free iPhone and iPad application with a new Auto Shazam feature that basically listens for songs and television shows in the background and tags them automatically, even if the device is locked, courtesy of new iOS 7 technologies. You can now share your Shazam Tags with people on WhatsApp, pin them to your Pinterest boards and send them to others via the iOS Messages platform.

Jump past the fold for more on Auto Shazam… Read More

 

Shazam now connects with Rdio

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 2, 2013

Shazam‘s music fingerprinting app for the iPhone and iPad is continuously getting better and more useful after each new update. Right following the September 18 release of iOS 7, Shazam mobile apps were immediately updated with iOS 7-friendly design and technologies.

And just a month ago, the app was refreshed with the handy artist updates, the ability to see what your friends have tagged and a new newsfeed-like interface for real-time updates and interactions with the Shazam community.

On Monday, Shazam got bumped to version 7.2 which brings a very interesting feature: if you’re a Rdio user, you can now listen to your Shazam tracks as an Rdio playlist. A few other goodies are included in this Shazam update, listed after the break… Read More

 

Shazam launches artist updates, friends’ tags and newsfeed-style interface

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 28, 2013

The music discovery and fingerprinting engine Shazam is among a bunch of apps that were updated with iOS 7-inspired interface shortly after Apple released the new iPhone, iPad and iPod software for public consumption on September 18.

It’s been quite a wait since Shazam’s last feature-packed update and today’s release has seen to that.

Not only does Shazam now let you see what your friends are tagging in real-time and check out updates from the artists you follow, it also sports a brand new interface to interact with the Shazam community. More on that in just a second… Read More

 

Shazam previews now play right in Twitter

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2013

Apart from bringing out the ability to purchase multiple songs at once through iTunes back in June, the music discovery service Shazam has been pretty quiet in terms of its iPhone and iPad app, releasing only a few maintenance updates. Today’s version 6.2.1 update changes that.

The just-refreshed application now features way faster song recognition on older devices and brings integration with Twitter, allowing everyone to play tweeted out Shazam song previews right in Twitter, thanks to Shazam’s new Twitter Card.

The micro-blogging service recently released an iOS music discovery app called #music so this Shazam update ups the ante in terms of social music discovery. More tidbits right after the break… Read More

 

Shazam now lets you buy multiple songs at once through iTunes

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2013

The music discovery engine Shazam has been on a roll lately. May brought an exclusive background television-tagging features to Shazam for iPad and last month the company added a new Pulse feature to ease music discovery by analyzing the trending real-time charts. In today’s update, your Shazam apps have received another useful feature: multi-track purchase… Read More

 

Shazam updated with new ‘Pulse’ feature for discovering new music

By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2013

It seems like music discovery is all the rage these days. Twitter launched a new iPhone app back in April, and Apple launched its iTunes Music service earlier this month, both of which place a large focus on helping users discover new music.

And today, Shazam pushed further into the space. The popular song, album and artist identifier released a significant update to its iPhone and iPad apps this morning with, among other things, a new ‘Pulse’ feature for discovering new music… Read More

 

Shazam for iPad gains exclusive background television-tagging features

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2013

The iPad edition of the media fingerprinting and discovery app Shazam has been updated today with a couple noteworthy enhancements.

First and foremost, the app can now auto-tag the music, television shows and ads playing around you (most likely on your telly), even when the app is in the background (you’ll see the red bar when auto-tagging is running).

This interesting television-tagging capability lets you surf the web, check your email and chat with your friends, for example, while Shazam dutifully identifies what’s playing on the radio or your telly. You can then revisit those tags later to pick the media you’re interested in.

And, a redesigned homescreen makes it easier to see what your Facebook friends have been watching and listening to, explore popular tags by continents, countries, regions, cities and towns and browse the most tagged TV shows in the past few hours… Read More

 

Shazam stats: One in five US iPhones run the app, 10M songs tagged per day

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 1, 2013

Speaking to the UK’s The Guardian newspaper at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Shazam’s marketing boss revealed that last month twenty percent of iPhones in the United States used its media discovery and recommendation software. It gets better as even more fans overseas in countries like France and UK used Shazam on their Apple handset, as much as forty percent of them.

And with iPads growing stronger and the next iPhone looming around the corner, any increase in the installed iPhone base is bound to reflect positively on Shazam’s numbers. On Monday, Shazam announced it passed 300 million active users globally, 90 million in the United States alone.

The company also launched an update to its iOS client with a revamped iPad interface, a much faster tagging and more streamlined sharing features… Read More

 

Passing 300M users, Shazam announces revamped iPad app

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2013

The media discovery and recommendation engine Shazam at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Monday said it surpassed 300 million users and announced updates to its app for iPad and Android tablets in the coming weeks. Some of the newly added capabilities include a much faster tagging with automatic resubmissions (handy during poor network reception), better Shazam Friends interactions and a new streamlined way to share your finds via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and email.

Also on tap for iPad and Android tablets: a revamped home screen with updated layouts for tagged results from TV and music and a brand new interactive mapping feature letting you see what people aroun the world are discovering and sharing using Shazam mobile apps. What’s best, Shazam is now providing the two premium features – fast (and unlimited) tagging in as little as one second and full-screen LyricPlay lyrics – as part of the free tablet experience… Read More

 

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

By Christian Zibreg on 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… Read More

 

Shazam gets ability to tag any TV show on any U.S. channel

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 17, 2012

Shazam, a popular music identification service, announced today a major update and milestone to its mobile apps. Shazam now commands an astounding user base of 250 million, with more than two million users added each week. The London, England-headquartered startup was founded in 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Dhiraj Mukherjee and Avery Wang.

Since their inception, Shazam mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and other platforms have remained amongst the top ten most downloaded apps of all time. Shazam updated these apps today with new features, including ability to tag any television show on any channel in the United States in order to find out what music is playing, who the actors are and more… Read More