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Facebook giving smartphone app an ear for music, movies, TV shows

SAN FRANCISCO--Facebook on Wednesday said its mobile application will be getting an ear for music, as well as for film or television show sound tracks.

A feature being added in coming weeks to Facebook in the U.S. on smartphones or tablets powered by Apple or Android software is intended to recognize songs, shows or movies based on listening, according to product manager Aryeh Selekman.

"When writing a status update — if you choose to turn the feature on — you'll have the option to use your phone's microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV," Selekman said in a blog post

Once activated, the audio feature searches for titles of songs, shows or films matching verses, lines or sound tracks and then lets people add the information to Facebook posts, according to Selekman.

Music shared in a post using the technique will include the option of Facebook friends getting 30-second previews of songs.

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