Shazam wants to use your Mac to help you identify every song you hear, be it in a coffee shop or watching YouTube videos at home.
Music identification specialist SoundHound unveiled a new version of its iOS, Android, Windows phone and Blackberry apps Thursday, offering new ways for users to explore the results of their song searches. The app, which offers the ability to identify songs by listening in what’s playing around you or having users hum a melody, also expanded its lyrics catalog, which it displays in real-time while a song is playing. The new version comes just as competitor Shazam reportedly secured some smaller investments from the major record companies. The three majors each took a $3 million stake in the company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Vobile wants to bring its video identification and management skills to YouTube publishers, which is why it hired YouTube analytics startup Blayze.
Samsung’s new TVs can identify what you are watching, and suggest related YouTube videos. This could be a first step towards contextual smart TV apps.
Shazam’s new iPhone app can automatically identify any song you listen to, be it on the radio in your car, in a bar or even at the movies.
The new Optimal system is an example of how a non-proprietary, stand-alone ACR technology can enable third-party applications and business models to be built around TV content.
Second-screen apps could soon tell you which actors are on your TV screen, what products they’re consuming and which music is playing in the background, thanks to a yet-to-be launched content-recognition platform from Gracenote. The company gave us a first look at the technology.