Your iPhone is about to become a streamlined music identification device, if reports prove to be accurate.
Bloomberg is citing two sources close to the matter who say that Apple is partnering with Shazam to integrate music ID into their upcoming iOS 8.
You probably know Shazam as that app that lets you figure out what song is on the radio, or playing at a friend’s house. For years, Shazam has been the #1 such app, which “listens” to the music in the background and pulls up the correct track, artist, album, etc. from a large database. Shazam, headquartered in London, says that they connect over 420 million people to the music they love in dozens of languages. In the past couple of years, the company has received some sizable cash injections (one from Carlos Slim).
If this report is correct, then we could see Shazam’s music recognition tech come built right in to Apple’s next mobile operating system, turning users’ iPhones and iPads into music ID machines.
That’s because the feature would work with Siri, meaning you would be able to say things like “Hey, what song is playing right now?” or “Who is this on the radio, Siri?” and get a quick response.
If true, we’d most likely get a peek at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which is set to run from June 2nd to the 6th in San Francisco.
From the same report: Apple has already internally constructed a subscription music service, and is mulling it over as we speak. Couple that with a rumored ITunes Radio expansion and we may just get a rather music-oriented new chapter in the iOS saga.
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