Shazam is the most popular music recognition service out there, and people love using it on their smartphones. If your iOS device is always connected to the internet, you might not have wished for an offline mode in Shazam. Those who often suffer from bad reception or loss of connectivity on the other hand, are sure to appreciate the latest update of the app. The song recognition itself will still require internet access, of course, but the song will not be lost forever when you’re offline; you will just have to wait till the next time your internet connection is active, and Shazam will get to work on it. For all the Google+ users on iOS, Shazam offers a new sharing button on the tag menu. Since all your past discoveries are kept saved within Shazam, the new search feature in the ‘My Tags’ section is pretty useful too.
If your internet connection is inactive, the Tag screen will still work. You will see a notification that you are offline, bur your tag has been saved. All offline tags are queued until the connection becomes available, and after that, all recognized tags are automatically added to the My Tags area of the app. Even if you forget to check it, Shazam reminds its users of pending tags by placing a badge over the tag collection. The search bar might not make much sense if you have just started using the service, but those who have already discovered quite a lot of songs using the app will still find it handy.
The ‘Tag’ page in Shazam has been redesigned, specially for TV shows (US only). There are more details for these shows, and you can even go straight to the episode’s iTunes page to purchase it. The sharing menu located below the album art area, now has a Google+ button that play pretty well with the Google+ iOS client. The Facebook sharing option now makes use of iOS’ native social network integration. Unfortunately, this means that Shazam will only work with iOS 6 from now on, although you can keep using the app’s older versions if you already have them installed.
In terms of accessibility, the update means you can initiate a session by double-tapping anywhere within the app. This gesture will only work if you have the VoiceOver accessibility option enabled in your iPhone.
The latest changes have been added to both Shazam (free) and Shazam Encore ($6.99). The apps are optimized for iPhone and iPod touch.