Items tagged with Shazam

Apple is sitting on one of the largest cash reserves of any technology company on the planet, and every now and again it reaches into its piggy bank to purchase companies relevant to its interests. Apple has recently purchased Shazam, the app that is most famous for for identifying songs. Shazam not only identifies the song, but it will also link the person using it to sources to listen to and purchase the music. Reports indicate that Apple likely didn't purchase Shazam for its music identification prowess, but for the massive trove of data Shazam has amassed. Shazam has been collecting data since its start in 2002 when you had to dial a number from your phone to find out what that song was.... Read more...
Apple is reportedly working with Shazam to integrate a song-discovery feature into iOS. This would allow iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners to be able to identify a song and artist that they hear blaring over the radio or on television, just as iOS, Android, and Windows Phone users can currently do using the official Shazam app. According to Bloomberg and the "two people with knowledge of the product" it spoke with, what this boils down to is an integration of the Shazam app into iOS, much like the way Twitter is infused with the mobile OS. Owners of iOS devices wouldn't need to download Shazam. This opens the door to some interesting possibilities, such as tying it in with Siri, Apple's voice... Read more...
You’re plugging away on your laptop, waiting for your unnecessarily hot tea to cool, and you decide to buy the song that’s playing on the coffee shop speakers – but you have no idea what the song is called or who wrote it. What do you do? If you answered “Ask the barista,” you clearly haven’t heard of Shazam. The smartphone app can “listen” to the song and give you details about it before your drink drops a degree. Having recently received a $40 million shot in the arm, the company’s prospects are looking good. Shazam has expanded into the social network world, but it's still a song-identification app at its core. Image Credit: iTunes. The... Read more...