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Shazam has released a new update to its app that allows fans to discover music from about 30 famous artists. Starting today, Shazam users can follow artists like Pitbull, Calvin Harris, Meghan Trainor, Avicii, Jason Derulo, Coldplay and others to see what “they are Shazaming”.
Each artist will have a page with their Shazam discoveries, featuring their top tracks on, music videos, and more.
“The biggest artists in the world are also the biggest fans. They use Shazam every day to explore new music, and for the first time ever, their fans can share in those moments as they happen,” said Daniel Danker, Chief Product Officer at Shazam.
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This is an important feature if you care what Pitbull or anyone listens to. If not, it is a total waste of time. Unlike a feature that allows one to discover new music, this feature simply allows one to see what musicians are listening to.
Though users will have the option to follow or not follow an artist, the feature cannot be turned off and will appear automatically in Shazam.
“Our users Shazam over 20 million times each day to discover the music playing around them,” said Rich Riley, Chief Executive Officer at Shazam. “Now, those Shazams transform into an ongoing relationship with artists, giving users a truly unique place to get great music content.”
The feature also provides the users with news about new singles, albums, and videos from the artists they follow. This is perhaps the reason why the artist agreed to it, that it is a promotional tool for them.
With Apple Music launching today, anyone following these artists can listen to the songs artists Shazam by tapping on a “Listen on Apple Music” button.
Another minor update on Shazam includes a feature called Shazam Counts in which the app will reveal the number of times each track has been Shazamed.