Shazam, which Apple is in the process of acquiring, was today updated to version 11.7.0, introducing several major new features.
When a song is Shazamed, the result is now displayed with the song's name and an image of the performing artist, rather than the previous cluttered interface with large links to YouTube, Apple Music, and more.
You can access additional information on a Shazamed song by tapping on the artist's image for details or by using the small bubble buttons displayed at the top and bottom of the app's redesigned track-result menu to get to Apple Music, lyrics, videos, and more.
On this same screen, there's a new one-tap "Add To" button that will automatically add a song to an Apple Music or Spotify playlist.
There's also a new Lyric Syncing feature, which is designed to display a song's lyrics in real time as the music plays in the Shazam app, highlighting each line right as it's sung.
Your Shazams have a new look!
Once you've named that tune, you'll see a brand-new song page with the following features:
- Lyric Syncing: Belt it like you wrote it! With our new lyric-syncing, you'll see a song's lyrics in real time, enabling you to not just sing along to any song you Shazamed but finally master those words.
- Streamlined Results: Now when you Shazam a song, you'll get the results and one big photo of the artist behind it--perfect for focusing on the music you were looking to discover in the first place. For more info, simply tap on the artist photo.
- Everything In Its Right Place: We're excited to introduce an all-new track-result menu that makes it easy to view song lyrics, artist videos, updates and more in a single tap. Or swipe.
- Faster Playlisting: Connected to Apple Music or Spotify? 'Add to' playlist now takes one less tap. Simple!
As MacStories points out, Shazam has continued to receive regular updates since Apple's acquisition of the service was announced, suggesting Apple plans to continue to keep Shazam around as a standalone service for the foreseeable future.
Apple's acquisition of Shazam has not yet been finalized, however, so we could still see changes when the deal is done.
Last week, the European Commission announced that it has accepted requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Spain to assess Apple's acquisition of Shazam.