Shazam, a popular music identification service that can tell you song information just by hearing a sample of the music made a big announcement earlier today. The company will finally be bringing back unlimited tagging to the free Shazam app.
The music identifying service has followed the iPhoneís rise to popularity with multiple successful mobile apps. Shazam was in fact the first song identifying app that many people ended up downloading when Apple launched the App Store in 2008. At the time, the app worked very well and more importantly it was free. You were able to tag as many songs as you wanted without having to worry about paying anything extra. The days when unlimited tagging were free were shortlived though when the company shifted its business model in 2009. It launched a new paid app, Shazam Encore, and then enforced a 5 song tags per month limit on the free version. Although previous users were able to keep the unlimited feature, it ended up hurting many.
Today however, the company announced that it was finally bringing back unlimited tagging to the free Shazam app. This move puts the software into the same category as other song identifying apps with unlimited tagging such as SoundHound and MusicDNA ID. Shazamís CEO, Andrew Fisher mentioned the following in his announcement:
Shazamers already identify over 1 billion songs each year and go on to purchase over $100 million in digital music via our service. Now, with no limits, people can Shazam even more songs they donít know Ė or they already know - to conveniently purchase them, see the lyrics, watch the official music video, share on Facebook, Twitter or email, get recommendations and purchase concert tickets instantly. Unlimited free access means people can use Shazam even more as part of their daily lives.
For those of you who paid for Shazam Encore, donít worry! You still get features that those with the free version do not, including an ad-free experience and features such as LyricPlay, which allows users to view song lyrics as the tracks play.