Facebook Announces New Music, TV Recognition Apps For Android and iOS

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One of the most popular and biggest social networking sites Facebook has already explored the photography section using its previous Instagram acquisition. Now the company which is mostly based on sharing features is ready to enter the music and video app as well. The new app for Android and iOS users is available in the US.

Facebook Announces New Music, TV Recognition Apps For Android and iOS

In fact, the new feature will make it easy for users to scan music or TV shows that are playing in the background using their smartphones mic, after which the software that Facebook uses for the new feature will analyze the sound and identify what's playing. The idea is to make music sharing more easier on Facebook via smartphone. Moreover, the new feature doesn't just scan for music but also TV shows, and movies too.

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According to product manager Aryeh Selekman, "When writing a status update - if you choose to turn the feature on - you'll have the option to use your phone's microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV."

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Users will have to turn on the feature to tag them on its News Feed. The feature can also be turned off. If you want to share that you're listening to your favorite Beyoncé track or watching the season premiere of Game of Thrones, you can do it quickly and easily, without typing, said Selekman.

Along with tagging, Friends can also listen to a 30-second preview of songs or see a link to a TV show's Page. Facebook has partnered with music streaming companies Spotify, Rdio and Deezer to develop a database of millions of songs.

While for TV, Facebook is starting with 160 live TV stations. In case of TV shows the story in News Feed will highlight the specific season and episode you're watching, so you can avoid any spoilers and join in conversations with your friends after you've caught up.

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