Speaking of music-tagging technology, Adam Satariano writes for Bloomberg about the potential for Shazam integration in iOS 8:
[Apple] is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is working with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database.
Among the ways it can be used will be through Apple’s voice-activated search feature, Siri. An iPhone user will be able to say something like “what song is playing,” to find out the tune’s details, one person said.
Sounds like a great enhancement. If the rumour is true, I hope Apple is collaborating with Shazam on the feature rather than creating their own Shazam-killing technology.