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Shazam hits Windows Phone 8 with Xbox Music support and Live Tiles

Shazam hits Windows Phone 8 with Xbox Music support and Live Tiles

Shazam has launched its first app for Windows Phone, with the new software supporting unlimited tagging as well as integration with Xbox Music and Nokia Music. The Windows Phone 8 app can identify songs playing around the phone and flag up artist, track name, and album; they can then jump over into Xbox Music and buy the track, or alternatively - if they're using a Lumia - Nokia Music to get the song.

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Shazam adds auto-tagging: Always listening to your music and TV

Shazam adds auto-tagging: Always listening to your music and TV

Shazam has revamped its iOS app with the iPad getting the spoils, including an auto-tagging feature that constantly keeps a digital ear open to recognize any music playing nearby. The new app reworks the Shazam homescreen to put more emphasis on social music discovery, listing what tracks contacts are listening to, and can automatically pull in lyrics more quickly as well as - in the US, primarily - interact with TV shows.

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Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify acquisition of Tunigo brings music discovery boost

Spotify has recently acquired Tunigo, a music discovery app that creates themed playlists based on your mood. Spotify will transfer all of Tunigo's 20+ employees to its offices in both Stockholm and New York, where they will be focusing their efforts on Spotify's main service. Tunigo will still continue to run, however it's still unknown what Spotify plans on doing with it. It may integrate Tunigo's playlist feature into its service.

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AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL shuts down its entire music division

AOL has announced that it will be shutting down its entire music division. AOL's music division had been struggling for quite some time, especially since most users opt for more popular music services like Spotify and Pandora. However, AOL Music had stood its ground longer than other similar music services, such as MSN Music and Yahoo Music, both of which shut down in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

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Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter to launch standalone music app

Twitter is apparently looking to bring some music into its service. The company is getting ready to use We Are Hunted, a music discovery service it had acquired 6 months ago, to help build itself a standalone music app. The app will give personalized music recommendations to users based on the musical artists the user follows, and the musical artists the user's followers follow. The service, while less personalized, will still be usable for those without a Twitter account.

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YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube tipped to launch its own music streaming service

YouTube is rumored to be gearing up to launch a subscription-based music streaming service. The video-streaming juggernaut is hoping to become a fully-fledged media juggernaut in the future it seems. The service is said to have a free model which allows users to listen to all the music they'd like, but with ads popping up from time to time. It's no different than when ads pop-up before/while you're watching your favorite YouTube videos. A paid subscription would of course remove the ads for an uninterrupted music-listening experience.

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