Shazam update delivers faster song recognition, more robust search results

By Shawn Knight
Nov 23, 2015
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  1. Shazam is an incredibly useful app when it comes to identifying the name of a song or artist that’s on the tip of your tongue or tunes you’ve never heard but immediately have a connection with. One of the few knocks against it, however, is that it isn’t exactly lightning fast at identifying music (and yes, in today’s instant gratification culture, that can be considered a shortcoming).

    Fortunately, Shazam has addressed this concern and more with the release of a major update today.

    In addition to the speedier audio identification (which Engadget says now takes just a few seconds – and at times, under a single second), the company has revamped its text search to help surface additional information about a song or artist.

    Users will no doubt appreciate faster identifications but the bigger news here may be the improved search functions. With more robust search results, users are likely to stick around inside the app for longer periods of time (thus potentially exposing themselves to additional advertising, earning Shazam more money) versus backing out to look for more information via Google.

    Shazam was founded by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang and Dhiraj Mukherjee in 1999 although it didn’t really take off until its debut on Apple’s App Store in 2008. Today, the app is used by more than 120 million people each month and to date, it has processed more than 20 billion audio queries.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I'm not in the least bit concerned with the other new (and supposedly improved) bs features, just as long as when I tap the icon it's up and running quickly, ready to identify the song. Soundhound is so slow that by time it's ready to identify the song I want identified, three more songs have finished played since then. It's so damn frustrating.
  3. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +651

    For me, soundhound works better.

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