Play by Yahoo mashes up other players' talents

Yahoo has just entered the mobile music app market with its newest release for the Android platform, Play by Yahoo Music.

(Credit: Yahoo)
(Credit: Yahoo)

Yahoo has just entered the mobile music app market with its newest release for the Android platform, Play by Yahoo Music. With this "full-featured music player," Yahoo claims to offer a one-of-a-kind listening experience thanks to a few patent-pending technologies.

Taking a page out of Shazam's book, Play by Yahoo Music uses its own proprietary audio fingerprinting technology to help identify songs you hear on the radio or anywhere else. The Identify feature can also be used in a continuous mode, for automatically identifying multiple songs played in a row.

Smart Shuffle is another a feature that Yahoo is touting. Similar to Apple's iTunes Genius, Smart Shuffle gets to know your musical taste and tailors its shuffled playback accordingly. And it doesn't require any active input from you in doing so (e.g. ratings, thumbs up, or other cues).

Finally, Play by Yahoo Music is introducing a nifty Music News feature. Built into the player, Yahoo Music News allows you to tap on an Artist News button from any song you're playing, to bring up any related news.

Play by Yahoo (download) is available now for free in the Android Market. Give us a try and let us know how it stacks up via comment below.

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