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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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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.

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