The folks behind Shazam, the popular song-matching service, have made some big changes to the app with version 9.0.
Now, Shazamers like you and me can enjoy support for Apple’s revamped Spotlight search (under iOS 9). In a set of updated release notes, the developer explains:
With iOS 9 Apple have made big changes to search, meaning that you can now find Shazam songs and artists straight from your iPhone home screen. Simply swipe down from your home screen, search for your favourite song or artist and the result will launch you directly into the Shazam app.
The results mean that discovering new music in Shazam has never, ever been easier, which sounds good to us.
However, there’s more. Shazam is now also 3-D Touch ready, meaning folks who’ve preordered an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus will be able to interact with the Shazam app icon through deep pressing on it. On Apple’s latest handsets, a deep press on Shazam’s icon initiates the music-tagging process immediately.
Finally, in addition to the above, a trio of further features have also reached Shazam 9.0:
- We’ve improved our Bluetooth support for easier listening. If you play music while connected over Bluetooth and then Shazam it, we’ll name the song and then continue playback over Bluetooth.
- We fixed an issue affecting some Rdio and Spotify users who incorrectly received a message about changes to their subscription. Nobody likes that!
- Thank you for bringing an issue with VoiceOver to our attention! You should now be able to get access to the tab bar and news feed again. We’ve also updated some of the Accessibility labels to make navigation easier. To start Shazaming, use the two-finger Magic Tap, or navigate to the Shazam button on the tab bar.
All of this means there’s no better time to download Shazam. It’s available free of charge on the App Store, and it’s optimized for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple Watch. Of course, if you’ve already got the app, visit the App Store and grab the 9.0 update now.