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February 25, 2013

Users to Experience More Functionality, New Interface in Shazam's Latest Version

By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Real music enthusiasts believe knowing how to sing along to a tune is not as powerful as knowing all about a given song. Knowing a little about the singer, the musician(s) in the song and the artist’s album never fails to impress fellow music enthusiasts or anyone else listening, regardless of the source of your information.

One of the most efficient sources of such information is Shazam (News - Alert), a smartphone-based music identification service. The more than 300 million ‘Shazamers’ accessing the service from their Android or iOS devices have something new to look forward to, as Shazam unveiled a new engaging user experience for iPad and Android (News - Alert) tablets.

The new version of the app, free on both the AppStore and Google Play, comes with new activity streams, allowing users to peruse trending songs and TV shows in the U.S. with the option of exploring what other music fans are listening to in any city around the world, through a new mapping feature.

Built to interconnect all possible information about a song, Shazam uses your device’s microphone to take a brief sample of the song and then create an acoustic version of the sample for comparison against a database. Upon finding a match, the app relays all the collected information back to your device while upholding its two trademark finesse features – speedy song identification and relay of accurate lyrics to your device’s screen.

Improvements to expect in the new version of Shazam include the interactive mapping feature, a newly designed and convenient home screen, improved Shazam Friends feature, super-fast tagging, and easy sharing and resubmission in case the network connection compromises your search.

The update, however, is not immediately available, but will be in a few weeks on both iTunes and Google (News - Alert) Play.

Statistical evidence from different survey houses show that tablet sales are bound to surpass those of laptops, with the estimate giving the tablet up to 2016 to conquer PC sales. With their portability and ease of use, people will find it easier to reach out and grab information from the Web while on the move or simply at home watching TV.

With Shazam downloads hitting a triple-digit download figure in the past several months, it is clear that gone are days when not knowing a certain song or TV show would be excused and overshadowed by detailed information about substitute media content.

Edited by Braden Becker
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