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Apple may be working with Shazam on "name that song" for iOS 8

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Given the long history of iTunes, it is surprising that Apple has never built song identification software, but it hasn't. Even more surprising is a new rumor that not only says that Apple wants to have a "name that song" feature in iOS 8, but that Apple isn't going to make the feature itself, rather it is looking to work with Shazam to create the feature.

This would seem to be a job for the Siri team at Apple, and the report does indicate that the feature would exist as part of Siri; but, according to Bloomberg, Apple is going to parnter with Shazam to make the feature work. The report says that users will be able to ask Siri something like "What song is playing?" in order to launch the feature, which would also be closely tied to iTunes Radio. Basically, the report makes it sound quite a lot like Google's song search feature that first existed as a widget for the Play Store, and was later built into Google Now. 

The report only mentions Apple partnering with Shazam for song identification, but it should be noted that Shazam doesn't just do music, but can also be used on TV shows. Currently, that feature simply brings up info on the show from IMDb, but we'd be surprised if Apple weren't also hoping hook that into iTunes. It's always better to push users to where they can purchase content, rather than just learn more. 

source: Bloomberg

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posted on 17 Apr 2014, 00:37 3

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Didn't have that huh?


posted on 17 Apr 2014, 01:01 2

2. Bootutu (Posts: 228; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Just hire Google Now! and ask "What's this song", "What's this movie or video"...and Boom!!!

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 02:53

5. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

Sure...... I'll have to come to the US for that to happen. My GS3 running kitkat said service not available in your country.

Update: it actually just said "action not available in your country".

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:03

6. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Shazam meh it takes forever to recognise and its buggy. I use Sony's track ID its decently fast and free.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 03:32

8. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

With respect Shazam was already
pretty closely integrated with iTunes.
It was one of the early apps that
Apple used to tout in its presentations
and Shazam is clearly a close partner.
So the whole who did it first is a red herring given that Apple has been
selective and gradual in the features it
choses to integrate.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 04:29

9. iGeek (Posts: 171; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)

Amazing ! I have always thought about this feature and it's coming to life ! Great Move :)

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 06:37

10. papss (unregistered)

I love with 8.1 that if I'm listening to a song on the radio that it will tell me the song and locate it on Xbox music.

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