Shazam for Windows Phone 8 update brings LyricPlay support


A month after expanding its media discovery platform to Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, Shazam is rolling out an updated version of the app adding support for LyricPlay synchronization, which enables listeners to view song lyrics coordinated in real time with the music they are listening to.

The revamped Shazam for Windows Phone 8 also touts enhancements designed to improve the user experience in poor wireless coverage zones. Consumers looking to "tag" (i.e., identify) songs while grappling with network reception issues must no longer resubmit requests when they enter improved coverage--the app will now automatically resubmit all tags, and the user will be notified when Shazam has targeted the track or content in question.

The free Shazam mobile application pinpoints entertainment content from any source, regardless of ambient noise. After users hold their handset to the audio feed for a few seconds, the clip is run through the company's database to find an exact match. Originally optimized for music discovery, Shazam has over time expanded into second-screen services, leveraging prompts integrated into TV programs and commercials to urge consumers to access additional content and information via mobile device.

Shazam for Windows Phone 8 promises to identify any song within a matter of seconds and let users purchase the track in question from Microsoft's Xbox Music--consumers on Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Lumia smartphones may also buy songs from the Nokia Music store. Shazam users may also check out current tagging activity in their immediate vicinity, share new discoveries with friends, view lyrics and access record reviews and artist biographies.

Shazam eclipsed the 300 million worldwide user milestone earlier this year, including more than 90 million users in the U.S. market, and adds another 10 million new global users every month. The 11-year-old firm has raised about $32 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins, Institutional Venture Partners, Acacia Capital and DN Capital.

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