NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shazam, the world’s most popular app for connecting artists and fans through music discovery, today launched an update that introduces the fastest-ever audio-identification speeds as well as a new feature to quickly find, learn more about, and follow artists and songs. Verified artists have also reached a new milestone, with over 2 billion followers collectively on Shazam.
Shazam’s goal is to create a magical connection between fans and artists. This goal began with music identification, and today’s update introduces technology from Shazam’s Research & Development team, which has redeveloped key parts of Shazam’s engine so it can make music matches even more quickly.
“Our research team works continually to improve our recognition technology, and our latest release significantly reduces the amount of time required to get a result, making this our fastest Shazam experience ever,” said Charles Henrich, Chief Technology Officer, Shazam.
Alongside faster recognition, Shazam’s new Search feature is an effortless way for fans around the world to discover an artist’s music, videos and lyrics. They can also find the artist’s own Shazam discoveries and follow the artist for more -- for free on any device, without signing up.
Shazam continues to welcome the world’s artists to share their own moments of discovery with fans. At launch, Shazam welcomed top performers like David Guetta, Coldplay, Maroon 5, and as of today, over 600 artists are sharing their music discoveries, reaching over 2 billion followers collectively through the app.
The new Shazam features include:
- RECOGNITION: Thanks to new technology from Shazam Research, Shazam is now faster and more accurate than ever.
- SEARCH: When Shazam users want to know more about an artist or song, they can now quickly search for them in the app to listen to top tracks, watch music videos, experience the artist’s own discoveries, and follow the artist for more. This one-stop shop is available globally, without the need to sign up or subscribe.
- SHARED DISCOVERY: Over 600 strong, verified artists on Shazam now have over 2 billion followers between them. Artists wishing to be verified can do so by going to www.shazam.com/verify. And fans can share more than ever, too, with a new sharing experience that means fans can share (or directly message) their discoveries to friends with just one tap.
Shazam is one of the world’s most popular apps, used by more than 120 million people each month to magically connect to the world around them. Building on its pioneering leadership in music identification, Shazam now helps people discover, interact with, and share video, audio, or printed content on TV, radio, movie screens, magazines, newspapers, packaged goods, and retail stores -- and now Shazam lets music fans follow their favorite artists to see their Shazams and share in the thrill of discovery. The app has exceeded 20 billion total Shazams since its launch, and users Shazam over 20 million times each day. Follow us on Twitter @shazam or for more information, visit www.shazam.com.