Shazam launches on the iMessage App Store allowing users to detect and share track data from within the messaging app
New York & London, Oct. 10, 2016, Red Newswire/-
Last month, we saw Apple launch the iMessage App Store along with the iOS 10 rollout. The new store lets developers build and deploy apps and services specifically meant for the company's mobile messaging app. Several big names were on board this new service including the likes of Evernote, OpenTable, Yelp, JibJab, Words with Friends, Square Cash, Citymapper, Giphy and IMDb.
Now, another name is being added to this list in the form of music-recognition app Shazam.
For those who don't know, Shazam is a classic old application dating back to Nokia's Symbian operating system that identifies a song that is being played in the background. According to the company, the service recently hit the one billion downloads milestone and has exceeded 30 billion total Shazams since its launch. It has also been certified profitable. The service was also recently released as a new “Lite” version for Android users in emerging markets.
So, what does the new integration with iMessage bring to the table?
iOS 10 users with the latest version of Shazam can now tap to detect a song directly from within iMessage. This means that iMessage will now prompt you to “Touch to Shazam" in case music is playing in the background. Once you've tapped this new button, the service's algorithm will recognize the track and come up with the result in the compose field and ready to send.
"We are very pleased to bring the new functionality of iMessage to our global audience,” said Fabio Santini, Chief Product Officer, Shazam. “We are always working to improve our user experience with new technology, and we are excited to launch this feature with iOS 10. We think music fans will love how easy it is to share Shazams within a great conversation. ”
The result will also be stored in the “My Shazam” tab of the Shazam app. Tapping on the result, users will be able to access the track artwork with title and artist, Shazam count of the song, a short preview and even Apple Music/iTunes links to the track.
The service is currently available as a free download on the iMessage App Store.
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