Add sound to your photos with Shuttersong for Windows 8.1, now 're-imagined'

When it comes to media and social sharing, the book is still being written on what people want. Today, Shuttersong and Microsoft are announcing their newly redesign app for Windows 8.1. Shuttersong ( is a free service that lets you embed audio, such as voice clips or music, directly into photos. Once completed, you can share those photos via email or social networks like Facebook.

Shuttersong has been in an open, but quiet, public beta for a few weeks. The company though feels their app is ready for prime-time, announcing today the general availability of Shuttersong for all Windows 8.1 users.

The idea behind Shuttersong is simplicity. It is similar to creating a video but without the complicated edits. Sometimes, a single photo, collage or drawing with some sound is enough to convey meaning – at least that is what the folks behind Shuttersong have confidence in. Despite being a limited beta, early reviews in the Store provide the app high praise. The app itself is clean and minimalist, making recording and producing Shuttersongs easy. From this morning's press release:

"Shuttersong's Windows 8 app builds on the platform's strengths including system-wide gestures for playing music and sharing Shuttersongs. As a social and photo app, the app's intuitive wordless design is positioned to thrive in Windows, where social content and sharing photos are key features of the operating system. In addition to the exceptional camera quality in Windows 8 devices, Windows 8 users can also effortlessly access their photo library on their device or in the cloud, and easily create Shuttersongs from archived images."

Some of the features for Shuttersong include:

  • App design is so intuitive there are no words.
  • One tap to shoot photos and capture sounds.
  • Easy to grab music or sound effects from your music library and select up to a 15 second clip.
  • Shoot new photos or add sound to your existing photos (including ones created with other photo apps) or images from the web.
  • With one tap, share with Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, VK and Reddit or via email and text. Many more global social networks will be added soon.
  • View Shuttersongs either in-the-app or on the web (even if you or a friend doesn't have the app).
  • Shuttersongs sent to you are immediately saved to your phone.
  • Embed Shuttersongs into web pages or blog posts.

The app itself is well designed, though it remains to be seen if users follow. The app is also available on iOS and the iPhone.

Windows Phone app on the way too

We've spoken to a representative for Shuttersong and wecan confirm that an app for Windows Phone 8.x devices is in the works as well. The timing for that release appears to coincide with the first update for Windows Phone 8.1 due in a few months. We'll of course keep you abreast of any news when that happens.

For now, if you are on a Windows 8.1 tablet or PC, give Shuttersong a download. It is free, easy to use and it maybe you can create a great memory to share with others (Tip: use #Shuttersong on Twitter). Let us know what you think about it in comments!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • 8.1 has changed everything!!
  • Universal apps..
  • So Foundbite? Which is already available.
  • Foundbite 2.0 lol....oh I see its only on windows 8.1....for now.
  • Exactly like Foundbite!
  • Can foundbite allow you to use your music library for the audio?
  • First update for WP 8.1 will have something to enable 3d touch which makes sense with folders coming with the impending launch of McLaren so when our finger hovers over the folder it bursts into small tiles,i.e. apps.
  • I think you got into the wrong bus, my friend......:)
  • I didn't know that a service like even exist lol awesome!!! maybe because I landed from Mars yesterday
  • Hey Dan, when will be winner announcement of the Hidden gems contest?
  • Use found bite
  • I want windows 8.1. Still using the simply good windows 7. But Microsoft rumoured Windows 7 users and above will get windows 9 too
  • what is the brand that headphone photo?
  • I downloaded it, but I didn't get to share it. And I can't see my saved picture. Not as good as Foundbite which ahs set the benchmark for such a programme.
  • I've used Foundbite, which is available now for Windows Phone. That app has been around for a bit, but obviously doesn't have Microsoft's marketing muscle. I hope WPC will do a comparison when this new one makes it way to the phone. I'm more likely to use this on the run: Snap a picture of a sporting event and attach cheering. Post a photo of a band with a clip of their music. You get the idea. :)
  • Yeah, I really want to know what those headphones are in the pic?
  • They're Jaybird BlueBuds X bluetooth earbuds, desperately begging for some Comply TSX-500 memory foam tips (you disappoint me, Daniel... supposed Jaybird fanboy, pssh.)  Those silicone tips they come with are awful; both sound and fit is infinitely better with the Comply tips, as noted by the masses in the tips' Amazon reviews, and to which I can attest from personal experience.
  • What is the device in the picture?
  • HTC One  has something simular called ZOE. Works in your pictures hub while viewing an image folder.  Not a bad idea.