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

Apple may be working with Shazam on
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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13 Comments

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Didn't have that huh? Archaic.

2. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

5. DEATHSTROKE9

Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 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".

6. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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.

9. iGeek

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

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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