You have to see it to believe it. Shazam is like magic. When the app is put onto the iPhone (which you can do free), the program will listen to any music recording playing in the room — yes, you heard that right! Talk about a clever way to spy on people in the future through their iPhones, but that’s another review.
Shazam then will identify the music that is playing by title and artist, plus give you links to iTunes to buy the music and the video on YouTube. This is so wickedly unbelievable and cool!
BTW, this technology does suggest that finding copyright infringement on the Internet should be far easier than the music industry lets on.
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According to Forbes, though, Jobs failed to wow the rabid Apple fanatics at MacWorld, who were underwhelmed by this year’s announcements.
News: MacWorld is the annual pilgrimage for all the obsessed Mac devotees in the world. Steve Jobs’ keynote presentation is, of course, the main event. This year, Jobs announced a new super-thin laptop called the MacBook Air, as well as some tinkering with the disappointing AppleTV. Tech Crunch has the play-by-play.
As techdirt reports, another significant announcement was Apple’s entry into video rental market via iTunes. You can now rent movies through iTunes. Techdirt, though, questions Apple’s per-video rental fees, instead of the NetFlix “all you can eat” subscription plays. Techdirt also questions the use of DRM on the iTunes movies, something that has backfired in the music world — in part because Steve Jobs criticized it.
The new MacBook Air is priced at $1,799, which Tech Crunch says is too expensive.
News: The Helio Ocean phone now has souped-up functionality with YouTube videos, allowing even more functions that the iPhone (e.g., commenting, rating, access to personal videos). “Helio has taken the mobile YouTube experience to the next level,” Chad Hurley, YouTube co-founder and CEO, said in a statement from Helio. “This innovative application offers people even more customization and provides them with instant access to interact with the YouTube community whenever and wherever they go.” (More)
You can view a demo here. This looks cool.
Here’s a comparison between Ocean versus the Apple iPhone.
Analysis: I haven’t tested this out yet (it doesn’t come out until June 29 at 6 p.m.), but I think the biggest question is the lack of a buttoned keyboard for people who use Blackberrys and text messages. Have you ever been to a Panera Bread store and watched their cashiers use a pen cap to type on the keyboard screen? That’s the problem. And there’s the cost.