Music recognition specialist Shazam has raised an additional $30 million from undisclosed investors. The new round of funding propels Shazam’s valuation north of $1 billion and brings the total amount of money raised by the company to around $125 million. Shazam now has more than 100 million monthly active users and has been expanding into both TV show and print content recognition. (If you’re interested in what else is possible with music data, make sure to check out our upcoming Structure Data conference, where we’ll have Spotify’s music scientist Brian Whitman.)
A new app called Warblr is able to identify a bird’s species by comparing sounds that users record in the field to a data set of previously recorded birdsong.
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.
The day before Google’s(s goog) annual developer conference, Google Glass is getting a lot of improvements. First, although Glass receives subtle hardware tweaks from time to time, its Google Plus page has announced a bump to 2GB of RAM and a slightly bigger battery, among “several [other] hardware updates.” Second, there are 12 new Glassware apps available for download, including Shazam, Duolingo, and other big names. A complete list is here. There’s also a general software update that brings a viewfinder to the device’s camera function. Google’s I/O conference may be the largest collection of Glass Explorers ever assembled, but we’re not expecting a ton of Glass announcements. However, there are three Glass-centered sessions scheduled for Thursday.
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.
According to a report in Bloomberg, Apple is planning to integrate Shazam song identification into an upcoming iOS update.
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.
German police are considering the use of a Shazam-like app for identifying neo-Nazi rock music, Der Spiegel reports. The app would identify far-right bands and their songs, apparently sparing police resources and speeding up investigations as they tackle extremist gatherings (and online radio stations, the article suggests). Nazism is illegal in Germany, as is racist hate speech. However, this app is unlikely to enter into use if legal authorities decide it’s a form of acoustic surveillance, which it plainly is.
Shazam just announced that it has hired Kevin McGurn as its new Chief Revenue Officer. McGurn joins the company from Hulu, where he was SVP of Ad Sales. Why Hulu? Because Shazam wants to grow its revenue from ads around TV shows, which the company’s mobile apps now identify as well. Shazam is generally on a bit of a hiring spree, and says it headcount will grow 50 percent this year.
Can anyone remember song titles anymore? Apparently not: Shazam says it has been used more than ten billion times to tell people what’s playing on the radio or on TV.