By now, just about everyone that owns an iPhone – even people who own other smartphones – knows what Shazam is. If you hear music that you love, you can just pull this useful tool out and instantly tag the song you are hearing. The application will tell you exactly what the name of the song is, the artist, and link you to places where you can download it, such as iTunes. It also offers the ability to share what you tag on social networks with your friends.
Shazam’s CEO, Andrew Fisher, explains that no other music tagging service in the world has the amount of users that Shazam has. Today, Shazam reveals that the media-tagging service has recently passed the major milestone of a quarter of a billion users – that’s a lot!
Originally Posted by Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher
What’s more is Shazam is expanding its T.V. tagging service in the United States. With T.V. tagging, the viewer of the T.V. program can just pull out Shazam and the application will give you information about the show that is playing including the name of the show, the cast members, the music that is played in the show, and other sources that explain the show in detail. The expansion means that users can tag a show on any T.V. channel at any time of the day. The T.V. tagging feature is currently in beta, as shown by the blue "beta" tag in the screenshot below:
If you’re interested in joining the 250 million people that already use the application and like the idea of tagging T.V. shows as well as any music that you hear, you can grab their application from the App Store. Shazam offers a free version of their application as well as a paid version for $6.99:
Sources: Shazam via TUAW