Facebook can now recognize what song you’re listening to
If you’re the kind of person who compulsively shares whatever they’re listening to or watching, you’ll most likely welcome the latest addition to Facebook’s features list. The new addition, which works a lot more like Shazam, allows you activate your microphone and identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV.
According to Facebook, once a user activates the feature, they will see an audio icon moving on the screen when you write a status update. If it finds a match, you can then choose to add the song, TV program or movie to your post.
As with any post, the social network says, you choose who can see it by changing private settings. You can also turn the feature off at any time by clicking the audio icon in the top right of the screen.
If you leave the feature on, you will see the audio icon move and attempt to detect a match when you’re writing a post. No sound is stored and you’ll always get to choose whether you post to your friends.
If you share music, your friends can see a 30-second preview of the song. And for TV shows, the story in News Feed will highlight the specific season and episode you’re watching, so you can avoid any spoilers and then join in conversations with your friends after you’ve caught up.
The company says the feature will be available on Android and iOS in the US in the coming weeks, although it hasn’t given any indication of when it might roll out to other markets.