(February 11, 2010) - Shazam, the world's leading mobile music discovery provider, today announced a number of significant enhancements for its globally popular Shazam Encore and (SHAZAM)RED Apps on the App Store. With the enhanced version of the apps, iPhone and iPod touch users now have access to a number of new and innovative features including access to tour information for tagged artists, the Shazam Blog and the ability to use Pandora and Last.fm to create Internet radio stations using their tagged music.
"We are delighted to bring these enhancements to the more than 15 million Shazam iPhone and iPod touch users around the world," said Andrew Fisher, CEO of Shazam. "We are committed to continually improving our apps and our collaboration with Pandora and Last.fm, two leading consumer music brands, allows us to deliver an even more compelling music journey for our users."
"Been waiting for this one for a while! Very pleased to see this natural connection finally being made. Shazam is a great gateway into Pandora's world of discovery and personalized radio," said Tim Westergren Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Pandora.
In what are perhaps some of the most exciting new features associated with this update, Shazamers, in addition to directly accessing Pandora or Last.fm to listen to stations from their track, can also now continue their music discovery by accessing comprehensive tour and ticket information for tagged artists. When a song is tagged, an icon will be displayed that, when tapped, provides tour information for that band or artist. Users can now find out where their favorite tagged artists are performing both locally, with automated geolocation functionality, and in other cities around the world with access to 60 sources covering 140 countries. The application also offers recommendations for local gigs scheduled for similar artists.
David Goodman, President of the CBS Interactive Music Group said, "We are thrilled to be working with Shazam to create a unique integration with Last.fm, as it brings together two of the world's leading music services to help consumers discover and share music. We look forward to continued collaboration between our services."
With Pandora or Last.fm, Shazam users can create their own radio stations that include additional songs by tagged artist as well as songs from other artists with similar styles and genres. When a song is tagged, an icon will appear in the Tag Results page which takes the user directly to their radio station. Users must have already downloaded the relevant Internet radio app in order to access this feature and must also be in the geographic region where Pandora and Last.fm are accessible.
Additionally, the enhanced versions of Shazam Encore and (SHAZAM) RED give users direct access to Shazam Blog which features original insight, reviews and comments on current trends and events in music.
The updated versions of Shazam Encore and (SHAZAM)RED are now available in 32 countries from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at http://itunes.com/apps/shazamentertainmentltd.
The Pandora App is currently only available in US and Last.fm App is available in US, UK and Germany.
Shazam is one of the most popular apps of all time, used by hundreds of millions of people globally to connect to the world around them. Building on its pioneering leadership in music identification, Shazam now helps people discover, interact with, and share video, audio, or printed content on TV, radio, movie screens, magazines, newspapers, packaged goods, and retail stores -- and now Shazam lets music fans follow their favorite artists to see their Shazams and share in the thrill of discovery. The app has exceeded 20 billion total Shazams since its launch, and users Shazam over 20 million times each day. For more information on how Shazam has created new technology tools for brands to utilize data visit www.shazam.com