Shazam for iOS will listen to songs for longer before giving up

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Shazam, Apple’s music recognition app, has been updated to version 15.0, where the app can now spend more time listening to songs that are harder to determine.

Shazam version 15.0’s update notes, available as an update via the App Store on Wednesday, explain that the milestone update adds a change to the way the feature works. Now the app can spend more time listening to a particular song.

“Shazam is now finding more songs by trying harder, for longer,” the notes advise. “Press Shazam to try it!”

Typically, Shazam will recognize a track within a few seconds, but will listen for extended periods if it cannot fully hear or recognize the song being played. After a preset period, the app will give up trying to listen to the song, an action that typically causes users to try to recognize, along with moving their iPhone closer to the speaker.

It is highly likely that by increasing the amount of time Shazam can potentially listen to a track, there will be more sound for Shazam’s service to access, giving greater chance of getting a result.

Although the update applies to the mobile app, it is unclear whether the same update applies to the version available in the Control Center.

The app is free to download from the App Store, is compatible with all iPhones and iPads running iOS 13.0 and iPadOS 13.0 or later, and weighs 34.2 megabytes in size.

Acquired by Apple in 2018 for $ 400 million, Shazam has received periodic updates for bug fixes and performance improvements. The last major change happened in September with an update of the offline results page as well as added support for iOS 15 and watchOS 8.


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