“Apple is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public,” Adam Satariano reports for Bloomberg.
“Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database,” Satariano reports. “Apple is set to preview the latest update of its mobile software, called iOS 8, at its annual developer conference that kicks off on June 2 in San Francisco.”
“The song-identification feature will be integrated into the mobile software in the same way that Twitter Inc.’s service is currently incorporated, meaning consumers don’t need to separately download it,” Satariano reports. “Among the ways it can be used will be through Apple’s voice-activated search feature, Siri. An iPhone user will be able to say something like ‘what song is playing,’ to find out the tune’s details, one person said.”
“Apple also has been mulling making iTunes Radio a stand-alone app instead of including it as a feature inside the iTunes store, one person said. A final decision hasn’t been made,” Satariano reports. “Apple also has been exploring whether to release a subscription-music service that would compete more directly with Spotify, Rdio Inc. and Beats Music LLC. Apple has built the service internally, yet has held off on releasing it to avoid slowing download sales, one person said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: If true, Shazam integration will be a nice feature. Certainly more convenient that having to launch a dedicated music identification app. Rival song-ID apps will feel much pain.
As for a standalone iTunes Radio app: Yes. Do it. The more ways for users to find and use it, the better.
We’re still stunned that iTunes Radio is so hidden within the OS X iTunes app. It’s in the main Music menu on iOS devices. Why not iTunes? And, why is the application “iTunes” on the Mac, but “Music” on our iPhones and iPads? Cripes. Consistency is your friend, Apple… Even in its current state (very good, not insanely great), iTunes Radio will become the world’s #1 streaming radio service, thanks to basic math. Steve Jobs would not be content with that. Apple should redouble their efforts with the goal of making iTunes Radio the world’s best streaming radio service in every way. — MacDailyNews, November 11, 2013
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” Dan K.,” and “Michael P.” for the heads up.]
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