Music recognition service Shazam has updated its app for iPhones and handsets running Google Android to allow users to share new music with their friends on Facebook.

Shazam is an app that allows users to dial 2580 and wait for the call to connect before holding their handset up to music playing. Once Shazam has identified the song, the track name and artist information - known as a 'tag' - is sent straight to the user's phone, and in some case, the album artwork as well.

Once users have downloaded the free Shazam Friends update to their Shazam app, a 'Friends' tab will appear in the software. Proving a mobile phone owner gives the app permission to access their social networking profile, they can share tracks they have recently tagged with their friends, as well browsing their friend's recently tagged trackls and even, where available, use streaming service to listen to these tracks.

"Shazam Friends is a major step forward in social music sharing. We all have friends or family with great taste in music and have discovered an artist or song because of them. Our new feature not only allows Shazamers to see what their friends on Facebook are tagging, but they can also listen to the track and go on to purchase it," said Andrew Fisher, chief executive officer, at Shazam.

The Shazam Friends update is immediately available to all users on Apple's iOS devices. Shazam Friends for Android users will be rolled-out in the coming weeks.

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