Shazam hits 300 million users, revamps Apple and Android tablet apps

26/02/2013

Media discovery service Shazam has reached 300 million users, as the firm announces new apps for the iPad and Android tablet devices.

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The new apps for iPad and Android tablet users were unveiled at Mobile World Congress, including a redesigned home screen, an improved layout for Shazam tag results for both TV and music, and a new way to browse what friends have been tagging.

Other features include:

• An interactive mapping feature, enabling fans to zoom in to any city in the world to discover, buy and share the most popular music people are listening to in that location – starting at the continent level, then drilling down into the country, state/region, city and even to the town level, in some cases.

• An improved Shazam Friends feature, providing people with one of the best ways to discover new music and media from their friends as well as giving them quick access to preview and comment on their friends’ tags.

“The number of Shazam users and their level of engagement continue to grow rapidly. We now have over 300 million Shazamers globally with an increasing proportion of whom use our app on their iPad or Android tablet devices to interact with television. This new version of Shazam optimizes discovery, engagement, transactions and exploration in a tablet environment,” said Andrew Fisher, Shazam CEO. “It’s the most efficient way to experience more of the media around you whether you are in your home or in any other environment throughout the world.”
When Shazam fans download the new update available in the coming weeks, they can experience the following great features that encourage and enable discovery and exploration:
Over the past months, Shazam has been seeing triple-digit growth in the number of downloads of the iPad version of its app, particularly for use as a second-screen companion device while watching television.

“According to Canalys, tablet sales are set to surpass laptop sales this year, and those of all PCs by 2016, demonstrating that people love the elegance and simplicity of using wireless technology to enhance their work and home lives. Additionally, tablets are an ideal way to experience more on the second screen as people watch television on the first screen, giving people more space to engage in additional content,” continued Andrew Fisher, Shazam CEO. “Our new app gives our fans a significantly improved and streamlined way to engage more with the media they enjoy in the fastest way possible.”

The new version of Shazam for iOS is a universal app, so it works with iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices. The Shazam App has already updated its UI for iPhone and iPod touch, and will include the new interactive mapping feature with this upcoming release.

The new design and features are expected to launch on iOS and Android devices in the coming weeks.

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