Shazam Receives Significant Update Allowing Song Identification Within Third-Party Apps



The highly popular music-identifying app Shazam has received a significant update, extending its functionality to include now the identification of songs playing within other applications. This novel improvement effectively eliminates the need for users to switch between devices to identify a song, simplifying the overall experience.

Shazam’s New In-app Functionality

The new update, as confirmed by 9to5Mac, allows users to identify music while having other apps open, such as TikTok, YouTube, or Instagram. This marked shift means that users no longer need to use a separate device to Shazam, a song that’s playing on platforms like YouTube.

How to use the updated Shazam

To use the updated Shazam feature, follow these simple steps: Open the app where the song is playing, like TikTok, Instagram, or YouTube. Open the Shazam app and press the blue button. Switch back to the original app so that Shazam can listen to the song. After a few seconds, the identified song will show up in Shazam. The Shazam app engages the iPhone’s microphone to listen to and identify the song, allowing it to continue listening while you’re using another app. You can switch back to Shazam to see the song name and additional information after it’s identified.

Auto Shazam: Continuous Music Identification

For a more continuous and seamless music identification experience, you can enable the Auto Shazam feature. When activated, this feature allows the app to continually listen and identify songs as you navigate through other apps. To enable Auto Shazam: Open the Shazam app and press and hold the Shazam button. You’ll see a message that reads, “Auto Shazam is on.” Switch to another app and let Shazam work in the background. Shazam will store the songs it identified using Auto Shazam in your library. To turn off Auto Shazam, simply go back to the app and tap the Shazam button.

Synchronization with Apple Music

When you discover a song via Shazam, it is instantly added to a dedicated playlist within Apple Music for your future listening pleasure. Regardless of whether you use Apple Music or not, Shazam maintains a log of all songs you’ve identified recently. Established in 2002, Shazam has matured into an invaluable resource for music aficionados over the years. This recent app update only solidifies its place as an essential application by weaving itself more intricately into the users’ daily application use. For everyone’s convenience, Shazam can be downloaded from the App Store at no charge.

Transitioning From Independent To Interconnected Functionality

Prior versions of Shazam required users to exit the currently active app if they wanted to identify a song using Shazam; this inevitably disrupted their user experience—a factor that is entirely eliminated with the advent of new in-app functionalities. While this feature may seem new to iOS users given its relatively recent introduction, it’s worth noting that Android users have been accessing similar functionality differences being that on Android gadgets, permission is requested by Shazam for it to access other platforms for song identification.

Shazam is not exclusive to mobile devices. The application is also available as a Google Chrome extension, allowing users to identify music within their browser much the same way the Android and iOS software operates within apps. This multi-platform availability of Shazam ensures that users can identify music no matter what device or platform they are using.

Final Words

The newly enhanced Shazam continues to reinforce its position as a user-friendly, essential tool in today’s digitally-driven world. With these latest improvements, music identification has become even more seamless and integrated into the everyday app experience. From its humble beginnings in 2002 to its evolution into an all-encompassing music identification tool, Shazam’s journey is a testament to continual innovation in service of improving user experience. As it stands, Shazam is set to keep tuning the world, one song at a time.

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