Music discovery app company Shazam launched its first new app since 2008, creating a free music player for Apple iOS devices.
As well as playing tracks and creating playlists from users’ music libraries, the Shazam Player app can stream lyrics and YouTube videos and allows users to share what they’re listening to on Facebook and Twitter.
Shazam Player also provides links to iTunes, so users can download music they’ve discovered via the app, and provides listings for bands people might want to see play live. Users can also hide tracks they don’t want to hear when using the shuffle mode and launch the Shazam App to identify music they encounter when they’re out and about.
“With the Shazam Player App we are staying true to our core music fans by enabling them to experience their own music libraries in a more engaging and social way,” Andrew Fisher, Shazam’s CEO, said.
In November, Shazam bought back its audio recognition technology and related patents that identify music from US performing rights company Broadcast Music. Shazam said at the time it would use the technology to expand its product line.