Shazam brings tighter Spotify/Rdio integration, streamlined charts and more

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 9, 2015

Shazam, a media identification service, on Monday released an update to its iOS application in the App Store.

The enhancements include deeper integration with Spotify and Rdio with the ability to listen to full tracks and rate them with the player, more reliable saving of your Shazams to a dedicated playlist in Spotify or Rdio, consolidated charts and other goodies.

Both the free Shazam 8.3 app for the iPhone and iPad and the $7 Shazam Encore have received these new features in their respective updates. Read More


How to use Siri’s song recognition feature with Activator

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 5, 2015

Siri’s built-in Shazam song recognition feature is a handy way to quickly identify songs that are playing around you. What’s this song, Siri? is a new Activator add-on that takes this song recognition feature, and makes it directly accessible by means of an Activator gesture. Read More


Major Shazam update adds Counts feature, in-app player, deeper Spotify integration and more

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 10, 2014

The popular music-identification service Shazam on Wednesday issued a major update to its iOS client adding richer Spotify integration letting you listen to Spotify songs without leaving Shazam and automatically add Shazamed tracks to a specific playlist, an in-app player allowing you to quickly listen to the Shazam charts, a new Shazam Counts feature which displays how many Shazams each track has and more. Read More


Shazam updated with support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

By Cody Lee on Nov 18, 2014

Audio identification service Shazam updated its iOS client today, bringing the app to version 8.1. The change log for the update is very short, but it does include one significant item: the app now officially supports the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

“Shazam now makes the most of the big, beautiful screens of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so you can get the full glory of those extra pixels.” reads the text, which was posted by the developers in the App Store earlier today. “We get it, size matters.” Read More


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

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