In its update for iOS two months ago, Shazam quietly launched a feature for iPad users called auto-tag, which allowed users to leave Shazam’s tagging, or sound-identifying, feature on, even when they weren’t interacting with the tablet. Expect to hear more about the feature later this summer when Shazam launches the feature for iPhone as well.
Shazam has brought in long-time Yahoo executive Rich Riley to serve as CEO, shifting its own long-serving leader Andrew Fisher into a new executive chairman position.
Google will now allow users to sign in to third-party apps using their Google+ log-in, the company said today.
A year ago, the sound-recognition app Shazam launched its efforts to recognize television content during Super Bowl XLVI. For this year’s Super Bowl, the company hopes to push farther into so-called “second screen” marketing with a new spate of interactive ads.
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Hit ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy became the latest TV show to create exclusive content for Shazam, as the mobile app continues its expansion into interactive TV advertising.
Shazam, the mobile music app that made it big by letting users find out new and interesting songs, has raised $32 million in VC funding. The current round of funding was led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners. Prior to this round, Shazam raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2009.
Voting for the winners of Guys Choice, which debuts Friday at 9 p.m. on Spike TV, was up 115 percent compared with last year, and the cable network credited an exclusive tab on its Facebook page for the bulk of the increase, at the same time announcing social initiatives related to the event with Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, Tumblr, GetGlue, GroupMe, Instagram, and Shazam.
Best-known for its mobile app that allows users to identify and tag songs that are playing wherever they are, Shazam is bulking up the television ties in its arsenal, announcing a partnership with science-fiction cable network Syfy tied to new series Being Human, TechCrunch Europe reported.
The Shazam logo will be embedded into Being Human, allowing viewers to hold their mobile phones up to the television and allow the app to recognize the episode being watched, according to TechCrunch Europe. Shazam will then provide links to exclusive content such as videos, previews of upcoming episodes, playlists, downloads, and contests.
Shazam and Syfy were part of a similar partnership in September tied to the season finales of Warehouse 13 and Eureka, TechCrunch Europe reported.