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.

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