Music-identification app Shazam has gotten a lot more magical with a new feature called ‘Pop-up’ that can identify songs playing through your headphones.
‘Pop-up’ solves one of the biggest problems of the Shazam app, which has become a useful tool for identifying both the artist and song title of a piece of music, according to
Previously, to use Shazam, music had to be played from a device’s internal speaker or picked up via a device’s microphone, making the process of identifying songs on-the-go trickier for some users.
A new Shazam feature can identify songs and artists through users’ headphones and then display them on your screen.
Now, ‘Pop-up’ not only picks up songs that play through a users’ headphones, but also embeds itself into a phone’s user interface.
This makes it possible to identify songs playing through YouTube, Spotify, and more, all without switching between apps.
The new feature, which can be enabled in the Shazam app settings, works by displaying a floating icon over a users’ interface that identifies a song’s title and the artist.
From there, the app can also display the lyrics.
Though Pop-up represents a substantial improvement in the usability of Shazam, the latest updates are likely to disappoint some — namely anyone using an iPhone.
For now, Pop-up is only available on Android devices.
The feature is currently only available on Android despite the fact Shazam was purchased by Apple last year.
While it may seem strange that the feature isn’t available to such a wide swath of mobile phone users, it’s even stranger when considering that Apple purchased Shazam last year for $400 million.
According to The Verge, the decision may center on the feature’s use of a background app to monitor audio taking place in a foreground one — this issue has also arisen with call-recording apps offered for iOS devices.
Apple is known for strictly monitoring apps that are offered through its App Store, especially from a safety standpoint.
The purchase of Shazam is likely to help Apple in its efforts to outpace competitors in the streaming space like Spotify, which now boasts 100 million paid subscribers across the world. That doubles Apple Music’s 50 million users.
Shazam, which has been downloaded more than a billion times, has access to a wealth of listening data that can give Apple Music insight into songs as they trend and users listening habits.
More than 20 million songs are are scanned by Shazam every day, according to Engadget.
Shazam’s user data would also help to personalize Apple Music’s experience for its customers, without compromising Apple’s stance on collecting user data.
That being said, Spotify is already known for its ability to deliver a number of personalized playlists within its app.
WHAT ARE THE TOP MUSIC STREAMING SERVICES?
Online streaming services such Spotify and Apple Music have become the music industry’s single biggest revenue source, overtaking physical sales and digital downloads for the first time.
The rapid growth in streaming music services in recent years has led to a recovery in the fortunes of the global recorded music industry, which enjoyed its third year of positive revenue growth, according to a report by industry trade group IFPI.
Online streaming services such Spotify and Apple Music have become the music industry’s single biggest revenue source
Last year, subscription-based streaming revenue accounted for 38 percent of all recorded music, up from 29 percent the year before, IFPI said.
Industry leaders say that the rise of music streaming is enabling the market to reach new regions of the world, while helping weaning a generation of music fans away from free or pirated music.
Latin America and China saw the biggest market growth, with a rise in overall music revenue of 17.7 percent and 35.3 percent respectively.