The app has recently brought over a major update, and now Shazam will recognize songs faster than ever before. It has also brought over a new ‘Search’ feature directly on the home page in order to make browsing through their vast database faster. And, in a win-win situation, it will also keep users more on their service.
Shazam is the go-to app when anyone meets the frustration of not knowing what song is playing that they enjoy. Old school style would have been to listen to the lyrics, memorize them, and the search them through Google. Even more old school was to remember it, and sing it to everyone else in hopes that they would know it. It was also mildly embarrassing. If neither of those worked, it was lost.
13 years of service
However, since 2002 when it first appeared on iPhone, Shazam has become the most popular song-recognizing app for multiple devices. By activating the service, it takes a few seconds for it to search through the huge database and provide you with the name of the song, artist, and additional details. It’s free, easy to use, and incredibly useful.
Once the song is detected, it’s memorized in your very own ‘playlist’ of discovered tunes. From there, users can just venture over to other services such as YouTube or iTunes to listen or download. Today, Shazam boasts 120 million monthly active users, and around 20 billion audio queries. Within the last 13 years, the service reportedly raised around $130 million and has since spiked in popularity.
The search is effortless and quick. And now, it’s gotten quicker.
Faster recognition and closer ‘Search’
According to CTO, Charles Henrich, their latest update has greatly improved their recognition technology. It reduces the amount of time waiting, even though it did not often take more than 5 to 10 seconds to detect a particular song. Sometimes though, it did mean the user raising their smartphone up in the air, as close to the speaker as they could.
The service has updated, providing with much faster services. The average wait time is between 1 and 2 seconds, an incredible feat that is likely to satisfy even the most impatient of us all. Sometimes, it even take less than a second to recognize the song playing on the radio, bar, club, or what have you.
Furthermore, the service updated their ‘Search’ text feature, which was previously hidden somewhere within the depths of the app. Or, at least, it wasn’t on the home page. Shazam will now have the function directly as you open the app, making information about artists, albums, and songs quickly available. And it will keep you on the app for much longer.
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