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Briefly: Shazam for iOS rolls out Beats Music feature, Mailbox 2.1

08/13, 11:12pm

Beats Music "Listen Now" feature rolling out for Shazam on iOS

The iOS version of Shazam has begun to roll out a new "Listen Now" feature from Beats Music. The music streaming service integration allows users to tag a song with Shazam, and then immediately play it in Beats Music. A subscription is required to Beats Music to utilize this new feature, however a 14-day free trial of the service is available.

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Shazam arrives for Mac with always-on detection

07/31, 9:24am

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Music and TV recognition service Shazam has today launched its first-ever Mac app. While similar in design to the iOS client, the Mac app is able to listen constantly, generating an ongoing list of items it hears. Notifications give users the ability to jump quickly into pages for lyrics and/or buying the media in question.

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Briefly: Shazam updated with Rdio, Google brings Ingress to iOS

07/14, 7:21pm

Song identifier app integrates subscription Rdio streaming

Song-indentifying app Shazam (free) has introduced a new update that incorporates streaming music service Rdio into the app, allowing subscribers to Rdio to hear the full version of songs identified using Shazam. Previously, Shazam would have to switch over to a third-party app if users wanted to hear a full copy of a song they identified in the app, but now those with Rdio installed won't have to fire up the previously-installed Rdio app to hear the full track. Shazam also offers iTunes buying of tracks, and in iOS 8 will integrate with Siri so that users can simply ask what song is playing at any time.

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Shazam pulls Spotify integration in app for UK, could be restored

05/19, 7:54am

Disgruntled free, paid users unhappy by Spotify removal in Shazam tests

Last week's removal of Spotify support from the iOS and Android versions of Shazam in a number of countries may be temporary. The change, which affects users in the UK, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil, stopped users from listening to recognized songs in Spotify, instead forcing them to use Deezer, in what appears to be an experiment on the app's own users.

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Sources reveal progress on OS X 10.10, iOS 8, fourth-gen Apple TV

05/01, 11:26am

Some iOS 8 features could be pushed into iOS 8.1

Several sources have offered a glimpse into the current status of several Apple projects. At this year's WWDC, for instance, the people say OS X 10.10 will play a more prominent role than iOS 8, as it should feature a major redesign and Apple wants developers to latch in. The company is even said to be allocating iOS interface labor to OS X teams in order to get the framework of v10.10's design done for WWDC.

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Briefly: Shazam updates for iOS, new Handy Photo Free

03/30, 11:08pm

Shazam improves social sharing features, user interface for iOS app

Shazam, a music and TV identifying app, has been updated for iOS devices. Offering a revised user interface, Shazam features a new track page design, and new appearance for video, album and track reviews, artist biographies and more. The Auto Shazam feature is more efficient on battery life, and connectivity to Rdio and Facebook has been added. Lastly Shazam's news feed notifications can be controlled more easily. Available for free, Shazam requires iOS 6.0 or later.

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Briefly: Shazam adds new quick lyrics access, Path updates for iOS 7

02/10, 11:28pm

Shazam update includes new look, direct access to video content

Shazam has released a re-design for its iPhone app, rolling out prior to its larger update release due later this month. Today's update features a new app aesthetic, with its interface offering easy access to previewing, buying and sharing music. In v7.4, users can now quickly access lyrics with a preview as soon as a track is matched, as well as have direct access to music video and additional videos related to a song. Shazam for iPhone is available through iTunes, and is free to download.

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Briefly: Shazam gains improved recommendations, ArtSuite reaches v10

07/29, 2:11pm

Shazam update released in App Store

Shazam has released an updated version of its iOS music recognition app, featuring improved recommendations and music previews. Users will now receive recommendations for music based on what others have purchased, and music previews are now available for more songs including items in the Pulse charts. Other changes include a simplified method for purchasing multiple songs from within the app, and improved VoiceOver support on the iPhone.

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Shazam app update adds auto-tagging of TV shows, charts to iPad

05/23, 8:57am

Auto-tagging recognizes songs, TV shows as a background process

Shazam has updated its iPad app [App Store] to automatically recognize and tag songs, TV shows and music in adverts, without the user needing to prompt the app to do so. The background process, though not turned on by default, will add anything it can hear and identify to its home screen carousel, ready to be viewed at a later time by the user.

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New Shazam tablet apps coming; service cracks 300M users

02/25, 12:40pm

Apps to update with new homescreens, faster tagging, and lyrics

Music ID service Shazam has announced forthcoming iPad and Android tablet app updates. In both cases users will get redesigned homescreens, new layouts for tag results, and a new method for browsing what friends have been tagging. Similarly, new activity streams show what people in general are tagging, including TV in the US. An added mapping feature shows what people are listening to in a particular city.

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Shazam teams with ITV Commercial to audio tag ads

04/19, 4:30pm

Shazam For TV will load up advertiser web pages

A new app called Shazam For TV will allow users of smartphones to quickly find the website of a company advertising a product on their TV in the UK. A result of a team-up with UK-based ITV Commercial, the app will listen to the ad rather than a song, as the app's beginnings were rooted, and then open a website associated with the tune. The app is experimental in nature, with its functionality thus far relegated to partnerships with individual shows and hand-picked advertisers.

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Shazam 5.0 for iOS touts one-second song tagging

04/03, 3:55pm

Shazam posts big update with speed as focus

Shazam in a large 5.0 update for its iOS title (App Store) revamped the engine for its audio detection. It now claims that the app can recognize a song or audio-cued TV shows in "as little as" one second. It can start listening as soon as it's open, making sure that the sampling gets in before the opportunity passes.

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Best Buy Super Bowl ad puts phone, app makers in one place

02/05, 7:15pm

Best Buy kicks off tech-driven Super Bowl ads

Best Buy as part of a promo has started the run of tech-focused Super Bowl ads with a segment pitching its mobile stores. The ad unites both the inventors of phone technology, such as Philippe Kahn (the camera phone) and Ray Kurzweil (text to voice synthesis) with those making newer hardware and software. Key inventors behind Instagram, Shazam, Square, Words With Friends, and others find their way into the 30-second clip.

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Shazam launches Player app for iPhone, iPad

01/11, 3:50pm

Incorporates lyrics, sharing, concert dates

Shazam has launched a new iOS app, the Shazam Player. Instead of concentrating on music discovery, the Player is meant to enhance listening to an existing library. This includes streaming lyrics, for instance, or sharing listening habits via Facebook or Twitter. Users can also view YouTube videos and concert clips, and keep track of concert dates for favorite artists.

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Shazam for iOS, Android gets free lyric syncing

11/16, 3:55pm

Now works with non-premium iOS & all Android users

Shazam, the mobile song ID service, is now offering its lyric playing capability to a broader customer base. The feature, LyricPlay, is now available to iOS device owners using the company's free app (App Store) as well as all Android users (Android Market). Previously, it was only available to iOS device owners that had bought Shazam's premium Encore and RED apps.

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Shazam switches back to free model for iOS apps

09/29, 4:35pm

Title now entirely ad-, affiliation-supported

Music ID service Shazam says it is switching back to a completely free model for iOS. In November 2009 the company introduced an app called Encore, which required a $5 annual subscription but let people create an unlimited number of tags, unlike the suddenly restricted free software. The free app is once again allowing unlimited tagging as a result of an ad deal with Capital One.

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Shazam adds unique live lyric syncing

06/15, 10:15am

Shazam buys out Tunezee for lyric syncing feature

Shazam, maker of the popular music identifying app, has just announced its first acquisition with the purchase of Tunezee. The Silicon Valley-based company specializes in synchronizing lyrics. As a direct result of the purchase, Shazam LyricPlay app was launched for the Encore premium Shazam users.

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Shazam, Spotify team to play discovered tracks

01/13, 11:10am

Shazam and Spotify collaborate on new feature

Shazam, the app that identifies songs by simply listening to them, and streaming and download music service Spotify, have announced a partnership that will let users quickly access any song they have heard and tagged in Shazam. Called Play in Spotify, the feature will launch Spotify from Shazam and not only return the tagged song but also other tracks from the artist. The feature does require a premium Shazam app on the iPhone, iPod touch and Android devices.

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