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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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Shazam Testing Redesigned iOS App Aiming for Deeper User Engagement




Music recognition app Shazam was today updated to version 7.4.0, adding a few minor enhancements and laying the groundwork for a larger content rollout happening later this month. With the update, Shazam is aiming to refocus its app on content, offering quicker, more integrated access to song lyrics, TV results, and music videos.

Shazam, which is designed to "listen" to a song and identify its name and the artist from a large database, has given some "test group" users access to its upcoming redesign. That means some users who download the new 7.4.0 update will have immediate access to the app's new features while other users will need to wait for the update to rollout later.

The revised Shazam app includes a new card-style layout that gives more prominence to lyrics, other recommended songs, and tools to listen to songs within other apps such as Rdio or Spotify.
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The new experience means Shazaming becomes the beginning of a journey, giving users effortless access to:

- A brand new look and feel for music and television results with easy access to previewing, buying, and sharing a track;
- Quick access to lyrics with a preview as soon as a track is matched;
- Direct access to the music video and additional videos related to a song; and,
- Recommendations unique to Shazam.
Users who were not selected to be members of the test group will see few changes to the app, aside from more information within the news feed and improved handling of pending tags. The update is available for both the free and Encore (ad-free) versions of the Shazam app.

Shazam is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Shazam Encore is a universal app that can be downloaded from the App Store for $6.99. [Direct Link]

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Old Feb 10, 2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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They should concentrate on better track identifying. Long ago this app worked pretty good. It hasn't identified a song for me in over a year.
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I don't want better engagement. I want to open the app, know the song that's playing and that's it.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 02:51 PM   #4
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Apple needs to buy Shazam and incorporate it into Music

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They should concentrate on better track identifying. Long ago this app worked pretty good. It hasn't identified a song for me in over a year.
What the heck are you listening to that it can't identify...? It almost always works for me unless I'm in a noisy store/cafe.
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Old Feb 10, 2014, 03:10 PM   #5
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Once you have tagged a song, does Shazam check if you already have it in your iTunes library? Soundhound does this and I find it really helpful.
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Once you have tagged a song, does Shazam check if you already have it in your iTunes library? Soundhound does this and I find it really helpful.
Didn't know that, nice!
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Would it be possible to have less user engagement with Shazam? I used to love this app when it was first released, now it just seems like the developers are sticking useless things into it to make it do more that what it was originally designed to do all the while putting the song identifying ability on the back burner. Of course this is all my opinion, and yours may vary...
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I don't want better engagement. I want to open the app, know the song that's playing and that's it.
How about where to get it? Where to listen or even get it for free if available? Some people would want that too. Shazam devs would be idiots if they would think users do have same requirements/expectations.
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How about where to get it? Where to listen or even get it for free if available? Some people would want that too. Shazam devs would be idiots if they would think users do have same requirements/expectations.
Sure, as long as it doesn't put barriers up to its purpose. 'Better engagement' usually means more hurdles to accomplish something.
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