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Shazam integration expected with iOS 8

A report has surfaced that Apple is set to add a new song discovery feature in a future update for iOS. Sources that claim to be familiar with Apple's plans say that Shazam will power the song-discovery feature.
The microphone of an iPhone or iPad would be used to capture audio of the song and then the audio would be compared to the song database of the program.
Song discovery would be baked directly into iOS and will be available through Siri. The user being able to hit the Home button and ask what song is playing.
Another report indicates that Apple is looking at making iTunes Radio a standalone app rather than a feature inside the iTunes store. However, the source says that the final decision on that move hasn't been made.
Shazam currently has over 420 million users worldwide that use its services.

Source: Bloomberg

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Google Now
By MozeeToby on 4/17/2014 9:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
Huh... Google Now has had this for a long time now, surprised that Apple is so far behind on that kind of feature.

RE: Google Now
By SublimeSimplicity on 4/17/2014 9:36:56 AM , Rating: 5
Apple should just cut to the chase and make a skin for Android that disables widgets. Look I just spec'd out iOS 10!

RE: Google Now
By mrbios on 4/17/2014 10:02:02 AM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone has had this pretty much since the beginning.

RE: Google Now
By drlumen on 4/17/2014 11:02:44 AM , Rating: 1
The beginning meaning a week or two ago when the MS voice assistant was released for 8.1?

<shakes head at the MS desperation>

RE: Google Now
By Belegost on 4/17/2014 11:18:17 AM , Rating: 2
Uh no, the Bing search page has had a musical note button that was used for doing a song search since the release of WP8 at least, if not going back to WP7.5.

But thanks for not knowing what you're talking about and making things up.

RE: Google Now
By retrospooty on 4/17/2014 11:20:55 AM , Rating: 2
??? Isnt this specifically about having it in the platforms voice assistant integration, not a button? So Siri, Google now and Cortana.

RE: Google Now
By Flunk on 4/17/2014 11:27:19 AM , Rating: 2
No, the article is about music search by audio input. Siri support is just an extra, one that isn't that important. It's honestly just a slower way to get at the feature.

Windows Phone has had music search like this, that works quite well, since version 7.5.

RE: Google Now
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 12:41:12 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone has had music search like this, that works quite well, since version 7.5

Through the Bing search page, yeah. We're talking baked-in features in the OS, through the personal assistant. Anyone can use an app to search music, that's not what we're talking about.

Google stands alone in that department and always has.

RE: Google Now
By gixser on 4/17/2014 3:50:25 PM , Rating: 2
If you actually pick up a Win phone you will see a search button on the front of it. Hit it and then hit the musical note. The device will listen to the music and identify the music being played. You will be presented with an option to go the store to download it. Doesn't get more "baked-in" than that as far as I'm concerned.

RE: Google Now
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 4:22:47 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, not good enough.

RE: Google Now
By nikon133 on 4/17/2014 7:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
Technically, Reclaimer77 is right - WP8 (or 7) did not have voice assistant, thus it could not have music recognition integrated with it.

It did, however, have music recognition baked in OS. There was no need to download additional app, and response was almost immediate because of no need to run client-side app.

I haven't tried Google Now feature, but I did prefer WP solution to Shazam on my old iPhone. Or my wife's new iPhone.

RE: Google Now
By drlumen on 4/17/2014 11:40:33 AM , Rating: 2
"Report: Apple Plans to Integrate Shazam Song Finding Functionality into Siri"

But thanks for confirming you are unable to comprehend!

RE: Google Now
By thewrayj on 4/17/2014 11:50:13 AM , Rating: 2
You are correct; Apple plans to incorporate music search into its personal assistant in iOS8.

Windows 8.1 (which will likely be released before iOS8, and is already available to preview) already announced incorporating music search into its personal assistant, and has already had music search functionality for some time built into their OS.

iOS currently does not support music search, and just announced playing catch-up to MS.

RE: Google Now
By Belegost on 4/17/2014 11:54:00 AM , Rating: 2
Thank you.

That was my point - I don't care if it's part of Siri, or Google Now, or Cortana, or HAL - I'm commenting on the existence of the functionality as part of the OS at all.

RE: Google Now
By drlumen on 4/17/2014 12:07:21 PM , Rating: 2
So MS "plans" to integrate some type of music search into it's voice assistant.

So you are actually accusing Apple of playing catch up to a press release. So far that is all that has come from MS is "plans".

And, to reference back to my original post, the "beginning" reference by the OP would be when 8.1 is released and IF it actually has a music search built into the voice assistant?

Music search is old hat. The article was about it being integrated into a voice assistant (Siri). Since 8.1 hasn't been released yet then MS hasn't had (past tense) it from the beginning.

Personally I don't give a rats ass about siri or 8.1. I do dislike the FUD the OP was trying to spread.

RE: Google Now
By thewrayj on 4/17/2014 10:33:58 PM , Rating: 2
This article is only about Apple's "plans". IOS8 has also not been released. This feature is available right now for anyone to download in the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview (within Cortana). MS announced and implemented first. Just clearing things up.

RE: Google Now
By Reclaimer77 on 4/17/2014 12:37:33 PM , Rating: 2
No it hasn't.

RE: Google Now
By jdmackes on 4/18/2014 2:56:10 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, it has. At least since windows phone 7.5 it has had it integrated into the core os. You just hit the search button and then hit the listen button. Now, if you're talking about if it has had it with a digital assistant, then no, but that honestly makes no difference. And technically, you could call Microsoft tell me a type of digital assistant, just a much weaker one than siri or google now (it could take notes, text and call people, open apps, things like that, but there was no 'chit chat' or too much intelligence behind it)

RE: Google Now
By msheredy on 4/17/2014 12:22:13 PM , Rating: 2
Not sure what your point is here. Google now is an app just as Shazam is. Apple is just implementing shazam into the core OS.

RE: Google Now
By Solandri on 4/17/2014 5:12:45 PM , Rating: 2
FYI, Siri is an app which records audio, sends it to Apple's server, and the server processes it and returns an appropriate response. None of the heavy lifting is done in iOS. It's basically a glorified microphone app.

Shazam and Google Now's music recognition work the same way. They record the music, send it back to a server which does the processing and searching, and sends the result back to your phone. Again, glorified microphone app.

But part of Google Now actually runs on your phone. I was surprised to discover that - I thought only the Moto X had voice-recognition built into the phone. But my Nexus 5's contact list voice search and voice dial still work if I turn off wifi and 3G/4G data.

Windows Phone had this years ago...
By chmilz on 4/17/2014 11:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
Not saying WP is better, just that this particular feature was baked in a LONG time ago.

Screw it - WP is better. I hate my company iPhone 5. It's crap compared to my WP.

RE: Windows Phone had this years ago...
By kmmatney on 4/18/2014 4:23:45 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you have a WP if you have a company phone? I know several people who do that (even in my own company) and never understood why. I have a free phone - way waste money on paying for a phone plan?

By crispbp04 on 4/19/2014 12:02:14 PM , Rating: 2
Generally the phone is not your property, and neither is any of the information on it, especially if it's integrated with company data and has their group policies enforced.

If you think about it, I'm sure you could come up with a ton of reasons why people would do this.

By Reclaimer77 on 4/19/2014 8:22:06 PM , Rating: 2
Siri is complete crap. I can't believe they're worried about music search when Siri cannot even handle a simple web search half the time.

Going from Google Now to Siri is like shoving hot coals into my eyes.

By tonyswash on 4/17/14, Rating: 0
RE: Finally...
By retrospooty on 4/17/2014 2:13:14 PM , Rating: 3
You are now answering a post that no-one posted... Your posts here are really becoming more and more irrelevant as time goes by. Just like Apple ;)

RE: Finally...
By tonyswash on 4/17/2014 3:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
more irrelevant as time goes by. Just like Apple ;)

Apple have always been irrelevant. Just like they have always been doomed. They are forever teetering on the edge of decline and marginality. It's quite exciting to watch. It obviously excites you.

A large proportion of the comments made in response to any product or feature announcement by Apple consists of the following basic elements:

- It already been done by someone else.

- it means nothing and is unimportant.

- it's a symptom of Apple's panic as they try to catch up to with whatever they are deemed to have missed.

- it would never have happened if Steve Jobs were alive.

- it's a symptom of Apple's sad decline.

By shuffling and mixing the above it is possible to generate a vast number of comments about Apple without actually having to think or indeed make any effort at all. Soon there will be an app available (sadly iOS only) that does the mixing for you and thus removes the last vestiges of brain activity and one's comments on Apple can be composed and posted whilst one is actually unconscious. How cool is that!

I feel 2014 is going to be an interesting year.

RE: Finally...
By retrospooty on 4/17/2014 3:29:49 PM , Rating: 2
So... Getting a life isn't in the cards for you in 2014 I guess. Still spending time worshiping a company.

Anyone know of a good alternative?
By Solandri on 4/17/2014 4:59:56 PM , Rating: 2
I've used Google Now, Shazam, and Soundhound. When these apps first came out, you could hum a tune or play the melody on a piano, and it could (usually) figure out what it was. But now they all seem to do pattern-matching with pre-recorded music, and and so only recognize pre-recorded music. (You'll know it's doing this because it tells you the exact recording/album you're listening to, not a generic song name.)

Soundhound claims to still work with non-pre-recorded melodies, but I haven't been able to get it to work that way at all. Does anyone know of a music recognition service which still works with anything other than canned music?

By kmmatney on 4/18/2014 4:25:25 PM , Rating: 2
I've never seen Shazam work on anything besides recorded music, since my first smartphone (6 years ago). You are better off just trying to type some lyrics into google.

By Piiman on 4/19/2014 9:56:21 AM , Rating: 2
Whats the big deal? So instead of pressing a button on an app that identifies songs you can now say "Siri whats that song?" and Siri will tell you I don't understand or turn left at the next corning.

Seriously is this some of that iMagic innovation I keep hearing about? If so it's pretty weak if you ask me.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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