Music recognition app Shazam was today updated to version 7.4.0, adding a few minor enhancements and laying the groundwork for a larger content rollout happening later this month. With the update, Shazam is aiming to refocus its app on content, offering quicker, more integrated access to song lyrics, TV results, and music videos.
Shazam, which is designed to "listen" to a song and identify its name and the artist from a large database, has given some "test group" users access to its upcoming redesign. That means some users who download the new 7.4.0 update will have immediate access to the app's new features while other users will need to wait for the update to rollout later.
The revised Shazam app includes a new card-style layout that gives more prominence to lyrics, other recommended songs, and tools to listen to songs within other apps such as Rdio or Spotify.
The new experience means Shazaming becomes the beginning of a journey, giving users effortless access to:
- A brand new look and feel for music and television results with easy access to previewing, buying, and sharing a track;
- Quick access to lyrics with a preview as soon as a track is matched;
- Direct access to the music video and additional videos related to a song; and,
- Recommendations unique to Shazam.
Users who were not selected to be members of the test group will see few changes to the app, aside from more information within the news feed and improved handling of pending tags. The update is available for both the free and Encore (ad-free) versions of the Shazam app.