There’s a new version of Shazam on iPhone’s App Store, with the company saying the update makes its music discovery features faster, as well as improving its text-search feature.

“We’re always trying to improve the Shazam experience, both on the front-end and the back-end. But this update represents the biggest-to-date changes to our core algorithm,” said CEO Rich Riley.

TechCrunch’s story on the update adds that Shazam now has more than 600 verified artists, with more than 2bn followers collectively – although the latter stat isn’t that useful, given the crossover.

While we’ve noticed a number of artists craftily tagging their own songs in order to pump them into the Shazam news feeds of those followers, Riley says that artists are also functioning as tastemakers with the new features.

“We find that music artists have a real relationship to Shazam, and they often discover music on Shazam that has only been Shazamed a few times before that,” he said.

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