Shazam for iPad adds new music map and background auto-tagging

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Shazam for iPad

Shazam has updated its app once again, except this time they have completely reworked the experience for the iPad. The music tagging application has a number of new features to ease the tagging process for its users. One of the key features of Shazam for iPad is background auto-tagging, which allows users to use other apps on their iOS devices while Shazam identifies music in the background and saves it in the “My Tags” section of the app.

Shazam is one of the more popular apps on the App Store since early 2008. It was featured in one of Apple’s iPhone 3G commercials, where it was one of the apps used to show that, “There’s an app for that.”

Shazam was also great for Apple as it linked directly to the App Store—and in some cases—YouTube as well. After Apple introduced the iPad in 2010, Shazam introduced an iPad-only application and operated both the iPhone and iPad versions separelty. The two apps had different features at times and received updates. But with the latest update, both the iPhone and iPad versions are combined into one universal application.

After downloading the app, I was led through a tutorial of the auto-tagging features which gave me the option to turn the feature on. After doing so, I was able to use Facebook while tagging songs on the radio. This is only one of the many features, with Shazam also adding a music mapping system, which allows users to view popular music based on city and region. Each of the cities with popular music has an icon hovering above it with the cover art of some of the popular artists.

Shazam has also added automatic resubmission for poor reception, as well as Rdio integration and simplified social sharing of songs through Facebook, Twitter and other networks.

Shazam is one of the few apps on the App Store that has stayed consistently popular. It’s available as a free download from Apple’s App Store, and is a universal app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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