Windows Mobile Store Welcomes Shazam
Article by George Norman
On 08 Oct 2009
Back in ’08, one of Apple’s “solving life’s dilemmas one app at a time” ads featured a handy little app called Shazam. Since then the app has been enjoyed by iPhone users (App Store), Blackberry users (BlackBerry App World), Nokia phone users (Nokia Ovi Store) and last but not least, Android users (Google Market). The app, which you can use for free as long as you do not want the more advanced features, has now been welcomed into the Windows Mobile app store.

Director of ISV and Developer Experience with Microsoft, Jason Lim, comments: “Shazam has proven to be a popular application across numerous devices and platforms. With this in mind, we’re excited to have Shazam as part of the global launch of Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The Shazam application will provide people with a unique and compelling music discovery experience and we’re very pleased to offer it.”

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For those of you who do not know how Shazam works, here is a crash introduction: whenever you hear a tune that you like very much, but no matter what you do you cannot figure out who is singing it, just take out your Windows Mobile-powered device and launch the app. Shazam will then analyze the audio stream and will provide you with all the necessary information about the tune you are listening to: song title, band name, where to go and download it. This functionality is provided free-of-charge by Shazam. The catch is that you can identify only 5 songs per month for free.

If you want top shell out some cash, like a one-time fee of $4.69, you can identify as many songs as you like – Shazam calls identifying tunes with the app as “tagging”. On top of this you will get the following extra features:
  • Access to Shazam’s Tag Charts which indicate what music and which artists are hot and are being tagged by Shazam users in country
  • Recommendations for similar tracks based on the tagged songs and artists
  • Biographies of tagged artists and bands
  • Music and album reviews, and discographies




Tags: Shazam, Microsoft, Windows Mobile, Windows Marketplace for Mobile
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