The immensely popular discovery and tagging app Shazam has some great news. The first part of that news is that they are now giving you unlimited Shazaming through the end of 2011. Previously, you were limited to a handful of Shazam lookups every month unless you had the premium version.
Shazam has partnered with online giant Ebay to bring Shazamers across the globe unlimited Shazaming through 2011. Steve Yankovich, Vice President of eBay Mobile said, “Like eBay, Shazam connects consumers with the content, products and information they want. We are excited to sponsor Shazam’s Android App offering millions of consumers the chance to do even more of what they love, while expanding their ability to Shazam and share the music they’re most passionate about.”
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Alex Musil, Executive Vice President of Product Marketing at Shazam said, “eBay is a brand people know and love, and we’re excited to announce them as our exclusive sponsor, bringing all Android Shazamers the benefit of unlimited music discovery.” Musil continued, “In addition, we’re pleased to offer Android Shazamers access to the Shazam Friends social feature, allowing them to share their music discoveries with their Facebook friends and family while discovering exciting new music and content themselves in a continuously updating feed.”
Shazam, like rival soundhound, uses their proprietary technology to allow your phone to listen to the song playing in the car, the club or on the tv and matches it against its database of millions and millions of songs. In under 30 seconds (usually) Shazam can identify what you’re listening to and gives you the artist information, title information and anything else you may need to acquire that song and add it to your collection.
Shazam has also unveiled a new social networking aspect of their app called Shazam Friends. This feature allows you to share all their Shazam music info across Facebook. This includes sharing tags, songs and artist information of what the user has “Shazamed” as well as seeing what their friends are currently Shazaming.
On the social level this is very close to what AOL is trying to do with AOL Play a music discovery app they debuted at SXSW, however AOL Play’s current catalog of music is much smaller than Shazam’s.
Shazam Friends features:
· Browse all of their friends’ tags, watch music videos, read reviews, access biographies and get artist tour information
· See all recent tags from a particular friend in one list
· Add friends’ tags to their Shazam tag list
· Purchase the track
· Where available, use streaming services to play the song from their playlist
· Post tags to Facebook and Twitter, add comments, and give their friends a chance to comment
· Encourage friends to join them in using Shazam Friends
So there you have it, get Shazaming NOW!