The heavens parted for Android users today, and Instagram was delivered unto them. The news seems to have stirred up hateful emotions for some of the Google faithful who shun fraternizing with the more than 30 million iOS users already sharing photos with the service, but you can’t please everyone, right? Meanwhile, there are plenty of other tech-related stories for this fine day, so let’s launch right into all the news for Tuesday, April 3, 2012.
In our first The Best weekly column entry, we shine a light on SoundHound, a Shazam competitor that bests its better-known rival via speedier song recognition and the fantastic ability to ID tracks that you sing or hum.
OMG! Apple is having a media event next week! But don’t get too excited… the invitation essentially spills the beans on this education-centric event, so we’ll be surprised if CEO Tim Cook shows up with an iPad 3 under his arm. But hey, it’s an Apple event, so we’re excited to see what they have to say, even if some of us are way too old to be concerned about going to school. While you ponder what Cupertino has in store for next week, have a quick read of the rest of the tech stuff that’s making news for this Wednesday, January 11, 2012.
You’re sitting there and that commercial comes on. You know, the one with the cool indie music in the background. What is that song? Normally, this would be the moment you’d whip out your iPhone and Shazam that -- but wait, your friend pulls out her iPhone and fires up SoundHound. Who gets the song first? And more importantly, who gets it right?
Mobile music tagging is so 2007! What the kids really want these days is to learn the words of the songs they’re tagging, which is why Shazam has announced its first corporate acquisition, bringing synchronized lyrics to its iOS apps -- well, at least the paid ones, anyway.
Shazam was the original song-identifying app for iPhone, giving you the artist and title of nearly any studio recording within earshot, and the free iPad version offers the same kind of functionality. Hear an unknown, appealing song on the radio or in a commercial? Bust out your iPad, click the little blue icon, and let Shazam work its magic.