Facebook pulls a Shazam: detects and shares songs and shows

May 21, 2014
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    It looks like Facebook is taking a page out of Shazam’s playbook for an upcoming Android update that’s expected to roll out over the next few weeks. In short, Facebook is making it easy to share with your Facebook friends information about what you’re watching or listening to.

    The new feature utilizes your phone’s microphone and once you opt-in, Facebook will listen in to detect songs/shows playing each and ever time you’re within the compose window. Not only will Facebook be able to identify the shows and songs you listen to/watch, sharing will be as easy as completing a few clicks. Once you share a song, it will provide a 30-second preview within the post, connecting to Rdio, Spotify or Deezer. For shows, you won’t get a clip preview but Facebook will identify the show, episode and even season within the post.

    For those worried about the idea of Facebook spying on you while listening in, Facebook claims it is only scanning for song and TV info. Furthermore, nothing it detects while listening in is ever recorded or stored on Facebook’s servers and it gives you the option of whether or not you want to post any songs or shows it detects.

    For those that like sharing everything you do, this could certainly be a fun way to take your Facebook posts up a notch. For those that don’t care, this is just another added annoyance that will make you further resent the fact you’re still signed up with Facebook (kidding!… sort of..). As for how good Facebook’s detection catalogue is? Apparently they have millions of songs in their database, as well as the ability to recognize programming from 160 different TV stations.

    What do you think, a cool new feature or a pointless one? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


    • Ben Edwards

      Couldn’t care less, all I want is for them to bring back the ability to choose between top stories and most recent in the FB app. I DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR TOP STORIES!!! RARGH!!


      • Konrad Fraczek

        But you can. I have that option available.

        • Ben Edwards

          What version of the app are you using? Not the latest, I’m assuming.

          • Konrad Fraczek

            I’m using There is no newer version available for me.

            • Ben Edwards

              Ok, same version I’m using. Where do you have the option to change the news feed? I cannot, for the life of me, see it anywhere in the app.

            • Konrad Fraczek

              I press the 3 lines in the top right corner and the slightly down there’s a heading called feeds and the press the ‘Most Recent’ option. Hope that will help you.

            • Ben Edwards

              Hah. I’ve always glossed right over that! Handy, but I would prefer something more permanent. Thanks for the info though!

            • Konrad Fraczek

              Yeah, It annoys me it changes all the time, same thing happens on my laptop. They should fix it finally.