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Facebook's New Feature Knows What Song or TV Show is Playing in the Background

Facebook launched a new mobile app able to recognize music and TV shows that users are listening to or watching. Th...

Facebook's New Feature Knows What Song or TV Show is Playing in the Background

Facebook launched a new mobile app able to recognize music and TV shows that users are listening to or watching. The feature is designed to help customers share on Facebook what is playing in the background. This Facebook app will offer users the option to add information about specific songs or shows.

 

The product manager in charge of the development of the feature, Aryeh Selekman, announced: “We want to help people tell better stories. I hope there are people who love the feature and post more.”

 

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You may recognize Shazam in this new app? Well, it is very similar. Just like Shazam, this new feature can also identify music and TV programs using the built-in microphones in mobile phones.

After years of logistic work and engineering, Selekman's team created this app. For it to be able to recognize music and TV shows, Facebook reached deals to obtain audio information from 160 TV stations in the US. After only 15 seconds, the microphones built into iPhone and Android will recognize any live show you are watching.

 

The feature is optional. You are free to activate or deactivate it. But, even if you decide to turn it off, Facebook will hold onto data in anonymous form, keeping track of how many users watched a specific show.

 

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This is how the app works: after users, who begin a post, turn on the feature, Facebook will notify them that the app has detected sound and is trying to match it to a TV show or a song. Once the match is found, users will see the title and will be able to post it to their news feeds letting other users know what they are seeing or listening to.

 

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