There's an update coming down the pike for the official Facebook app that will enable users to automatically tag the music and TV that they're listening/watching in their status updates. As demoed in the video above, the system works by tapping a button when creating a new status — not unlike the "moods" feature Facebook added last year, and then it uses audio ID software to identify the music, TV show, or movie that is blasting its sounds into your vicinity, and then tags your status with that information.

Facebook is touting this as an easier way to share your favorite entertainment, but it's also about making Facebook money. Your friends that view the status will be able to get a 30-second preview of a song, or get linked to the episode of a TV Show you're watching so Facebook can get some affiliate revenue should the choose to buy it.

Tagging your posts with your media is option, and it appears that Facebook only starts listening once you tap that button. You don't have to use it, and you won't be accosted with it every time you go to create a new status on your phone. The feature is US only for now, and should be coming to the official Facebook app for iOS and Android in the next few weeks.

Facebook's not revealed if they've partnered with somebody more experience in the field of audio ID to make the media tagging feature possible. The media set of music, TV, and movies does have a lot in common with Shazam. It's worth noting that Android users already have a music ID feature built in with Google Now's "What's this song", and iOS 8 is rumored to be getting audio ID in Siri thanks to a partnership with Shazam.

What do you think — is a faster media tagging experience going to help your Facebook status updates?

Source: Facebook


Reader comments

Facebook will make it even easier to tell your friends what you're watching or listening to


Dear Facebook friends... I don't care what you're watching or listening to... or what your cat is doing.


Posted via Android Central App

Status update: I am taking a huge dump while reading this AC article on Fb on my Samsung SIII mobile device. :)

I used to do that too. Looks like I'll have to start doing that again. The mobile site isn't half bad either.

Posted via Android Central App

I began unfriending anyone that put pictures of their children or pets on. I had around 200 friends; I now have 26

Posted via Android Central App

You don't need to unfriend just unfollow. I also get bored seeing the same kids over and over. I use Facebook to follow bands, guitar news and NFL.
Posted via Android Central App

Seems like a cool addition. I'm not a big Facebook user either, but it seems like a fun addition. Like Sean above, if you don't like seeing what your many many friends are posting, maybe unfriend a bunch and enjoy the updates from your actual friends. I did the same and Facebook is not nearly as bad now ...

I have deleted my Facebook account, i use Twitter and Google plus, Facebook is for teens i am over it

Posted via Android Central App

I removed Facebook because I don't need any more of their so called "Features". Once they started needing access to all SMS messages I decided to switch from the app back to the browser.

Posted via Android Central App (Nexus 5)

Windows Phone was the first to integrate music ID into the OS with Bing. Anyway, I like these activity features of Facebook, should work well and be more convenient for those who use it. I also like on the mobile site, if you add a theater as your location, it immediately asks you want movie you're watching.

It's no good if what you're watching or listening to doesn't show up in your friends' newsfeed til next Tuesday. Remind me why Facebook insists on that because it makes no sense at all.

Posted via Android Central App

I'm glad I deleted my FB account 2 yrs ago. Every revision or new update makes it more annoying and intrusive.

Sent from my Note 10.1 via Android Central App

I doubt I use this feature. I mean I might give it a test whirl but to use it regularly, I doubt it. I'm more about reading status updates than posting spam meme pics and all that jazz, and I fear this feature may become just that.

Rather than add all this crap nobody is interested in, I wish they'd put some effort into fixing the numerous problems with the app. It's not stable, is very slow and doesn't adhere to the android design guidelines (literally took me a few mins to figure out how to get into App Settings - threw me when swiping in from the left didn't pull out a menu).

Pretty close to uninstalling now.