Shazam- BlackBerry App World Surprise!!

By Bla1ze on 1 Apr 2009 09:46 am EDT
Shazam-BlackBerry App World Highlight!

With the launch of BlackBerry App World, many users were surprised when they were able to login that one of the most wanted applications for BlackBerry was indeed now available for download.

That's right, Shazam has gone live in what appears to be beta form on BlackBerry devices, sadly it does not seem 100% compatible with all devices, with the Storm getting the regular half screen treatment we have seen from other applications. In any event I'm sure Shazam will be working on that and extending their reach to more then just the BlackBerry App World as well, as you all know by now BlackBerry App World is well..not so worldly as it currently only supports the US, Canada and the UK, Get Crackin on that RIM if you're serious about making App World work. Full Shazam press release after the jump.

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE )--Shazam, a leading mobile music discovery provider, today announced the availability of its unique application for BlackBerry® smartphone users; allowing them to discover, purchase and share music anywhere they go. Shazam on BlackBerry smartphones is a featured application available within BlackBerry App World™, the new application store from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM), officially launched at CTIA in Las Vegas this week.

Shazam on BlackBerry will include:

  • Identify music anywhere: from the radio, TV, film, or in a store by simply holding a BlackBerry smartphone towards the music and selecting ‘Tag Now’.
  • Buy music immediately when it’s heard: tag details link directly to Amazon, and other merchants as available, to give users instant access to the music they love and related music merchandise.
  • Share the experience: send tags to friends who share same musical taste via SMS, email or BlackBerry® PIN messaging.
  • Learn more about the music: read track and album reviews, artist biographies and (starting in North America initially) view song lyrics, plus find other music available from the same artist.
  • Options to find similar music: discover other music similar to the track users like, to enhance their music collection and knowledge.
  • Find out what’s hot and popular: access to Shazam music charts generated by millions of other users in country.
  • Music search capabilities: enabling users to easily find music by artist, album or track from a database with over 8 million songs.

“As the global popularity and demand of Shazam continues to expand, we are extremely pleased to deliver a featured application on BlackBerry - one of the most ubiquitous mobile platforms in the world,” said Andrew Fisher, CEO of Shazam. “With Shazam now available on BlackBerry smartphones, users will gain access to a truly unique and enhanced music journey that will change the way music lovers experience mobile music.”

Shazam allows users to identify music by simply holding a mobile handset to a song as it’s playing. Shazam identifies and provides information to the user about the track, artist and album from its ever-expanding music database; currently consisting of over 8 million tracks, including the largest collection of undiscovered music and pre-release tracks. Since September 2008, Shazam has enjoyed a tremendous surge in popularity around the world, growing its user base from 20 to 35 million with more than one million tracks tagged each day.

“We continue to see increasing demand for multimedia applications and services from our customers and we believe Shazam adds multidimensional value to the mobile music experience for BlackBerry smartphone users,” said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances at Research In Motion. “Shazam’s unique features are perfectly suited to the BlackBerry platform. We are very pleased to prominently feature this innovative application in BlackBerry App World.”

BlackBerry smartphone users who download the Shazam application between 1st of April and 31st of May will be given the option to try out the full-featured version on a 60 day promotional basis*; if they want to keep and continue to use Shazam they can pay anytime during the promotion or at the end of the period with a one-off fee of $4.99 / £5.00 / €4.99 depending on location.

Alternatively, if users prefer they can continue Shazaming for free on a limited** feature and tagging basis - available at the end of the promotional period.

* 60 day promotional period starts from the date of user setup. Setup needs to occur within the stated period of the offer.
** Limited means reduced functionality to that in the feature-enhanced version and restricted tagging usage.

About Shazam Entertainment
Shazam is the world’s leading mobile music discovery application - enabling consumers to experience and share music with others across mobile devices and the internet. Since its launch as the first mobile-specific service to help users discover new music six years ago, Shazam has created a new way for users to connect to each other through their music tastes and preferences.

Headquartered in London England, Shazam’s solutions enhance the music strategies of more than 75 carriers across 60 markets globally, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Vodafone. It has deployed across multiple platforms such as Apple, Android, Symbian and Java; and has a customer base of over 35 million.

The Shazam iD Chart, generated by the company’s mobile music recognition service, is constantly referenced by the music industry as a true indicator of market interest in pre-release material and a monitor of the hit potential of a track or artist.

Shazam’s successes have been recognised through numerous awards, including the Mobile Entertainment Award for Best Music Service Provider.

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The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM assumes no obligations or liability and makes no representation, warranty, endorsement or guarantee in relation to any aspect of any third party products or services.

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Shazam- BlackBerry App World Surprise!!


Today is going to be a rough day. When I first saw this, I thought it was going to be another April Fool's joke (I've been waiting for this to come out for a while).

Sucks it isn't Storm compatible yet (what's new) but will give it a go anyway.

you need to disable compatibility mode. in options> advanced options> applications> shazam> menu then disable.
It works great

Yeah I know you have to hit the cancel button to close it in disable compatibility mode I think, or enable compatibility mode and deal with the tiny screen, then you can drag your finger down the menu to move the selection. It's not great.

Ok for all of you that dont think the app is free.......... you people need to do some research and not infer everything. the app is free you have a trial period to test it out you can also pay to get extra options and the iphone will have to do this so dont have a cow there store is just set up different than app world.

Glad this app came to blackberry!! Now my iPhone friends can stop showing off.

Seriously, this is very useful....I can't count how many times I've been in my car and catch a song mid-way and wish I knew what it's my solution!

iPhone users might not be able to show off, but they also don't have to pay to use it with full features.

Since its only in beta and a free trial i wont waste my money on this, iPhone gets it for free, why spend 10$ or what ever they want to charge, its a cool app, but I really dont need to know what song it is, and if I want to buy the album from amazon...would rather it be a direct download to the phone, but meh...we will have to see, running it until the free trial runs out...

its 4.99 to buy the full thing. I think that the "plus" version will allow us to download the tune we tag or send tags to friends, but I would bet that if you don't pay you will still be able to identify songs, you just won't be able to do anything with that tag.

No way should we pay for a App that others get for free. Please dont' buy this App, it's the only way to get the message across to them!!!

Downloaded this onto my Bold... then got an error message that it needs to record to my phone (what ever the heck that is). I went into the Phone and reset all the Permissions to Allow... but it didn't do a thing. I uninstalled the App. Obviously this is not ready for BB prime time.

Message to the developers of this... make sure you get it right before opening it up to BB users. I for one don't like my time wasted on stuff like this!!!

Works great on my 8900.... so far it's identified even obscure remixes of other bands. (it identifies it as the remix!)

If it was truly instant access that I could use to download the song or album right then and there, I'd make a couple purchases a month. If I have to order the CD and wait for it to ship? Meh.

I might download if I can erase it and re-use the program under a trial... I think BB's have a security recognition thing that does not allow this though...

Every time I reached the "set up" screen and clicked allow, it totally froze my Bold. I dont need the hassle. I have deleted it...

This app is free on the iPhone and we are being charged to use it on our Blackberries... not cool at all. Not only that, but they couldn't even make it work on the Storm. They make a touch screen version already!!!!!! and it's free!!!! I sent Shazam an email through their contact us page to voice my discontent at these shenanigans. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

This is the reply to my e-mail to Shazam with regards to the App working with the Storm.

Thanks for your interest in Shazam. We have only just launched the application
and apologise it isn’t yet available for your model. We are always looking to
improve our apps, so hope to make available soon.

I guess I don't see the lure of getting this. I have never been in a position that I needed to know a song name that bad or couldn't remember to look up on itunes or other later on. If I can't remember it, the song must not have been that great.

Not only does it seem like a low end marketing ploy they want us to pay for the privelege for them to tell us the name of the song.

Get a piece of paper and pen and save your money.

You're all complaining for nothing... It is free. You will have to pay for a premium version if you choose to do so.... Identifying the song won't cost you a cent.

Yea, the dumbed down version is free. You have to pay for its full features unlike iPhone users who get the full package for free.

You would think it would be under most popular, but I can't find it under music or with a search.

@kmalone If you don't know the artist or the song, how will you look it up later?

And the link you gave, Mel D, doesn't seem to be working for me. Just redirects me to a page to download App World.

I have a Storm, if that's making a difference. Any help would really be appreciated!

You have to open the link in App World. Send yourself an email with the link in the message. On your BB, open the message, highlight the link, hit the BB button and there should be an option in the menu that says "Open in BlackBerry App World".

I am disappointed that this program is a "free" trial. It is a free application for all other phones. What a rip off.

WORKS GREAT ON MY STORM. You have to change two settings then it will work fine.

The program is number 1 on the top 25 apps if you are looking to download it.

It's a nice app I had it on my centro. It's not worth getting upset over... the novelty wears off. I usually caught the tale end of song by the time I grabbed my phone and got on the internet the song went off. Also I couldn't recieve phone calls while it was listening. It's ok but its not worth boycotting them over the premium service.

Running out of memory because off all the free trials I'm downloading today is driving me crazy!!! RIM let us save and launch 3rd party apps from the memory card!!! Now that something to get mad about!! LOL

I saw it on appworld early this morning, and when i went to go download it a little while ago it was gone...and i cant seem to get it now :(

Where can I download this app from? I install appworld today but i do not see the app there to install. I did a search for it but it can't find it.

this is horrible. not even close to the UI the iphone has. Why is the keyboard up and why do you have to scroll up and down to the different buttons. not that I hate the app, but using the iphone app is much better.

The iPhone gets it for free - band together as us Cracberry Lovers can do and I'm sure we could get it for free for a limited time too!

If not, it's still worth the $5 - if you'll use it.

This worked for me!! Thank you so much for posting that....I was thinking I was going to have to wait even longer for Shazam! You rock and thanks again!

Have you restarted since you installed App World? I didn't have it either, until after a battery pull. Then it worked great.

so i followed your instructions and i found the shazam page but it didnt offer me the option of downloading it.. it only shows reviews, recommend, or screenshots..what do i do now?

The only way that RCNunya's method would work for me was to create an new sms text message paste in the link and then click the blackberry key and choose "Open in App World". You never have to send the sms.....

when i click on the link in the SMS to open in app world, it goes to the app world app, then says loading..... and times out..?

IT sucks. Tried several popular songs and came back with No Match. Uninstalled it already. No thanks. The reviews are bad already on the store as of this morning when I downloaded it.

i have been trying since last night to get the damn program and when i search for it, it says no results found...

So, I read through the threads and also went to the forum, yet I can not find an answer. I tried the SMS link technique and it does take me to the App World but somehow there is no download option? It has reviews, recommend and screenshots. Is there something missing?

I've been experiencing the same problem. After some difficulty in locating it on App World (I just went to the desktop version and sent myself the link, as you did) I don't have an option to download. Sorry I couldn't be more help, but just letting you know you're not alone.

I've been dying to get this application ever since I saw the Iphone version.

I've been waiting for something like this. I immediately downloaded from the BBAW

It EVEN PICKS up CD audio tracks. I wonder if it can 'tag' LPs as well ?

I tested coworkers CD and they all freaked out when it picked up the cd as the "doors - break on through to the other side".

Amazing application !

The iPhone has it free, but BlackBerry has to pay $5? How does that even make sense.
5 songs a month is a joke, especially considering there's no justification behind charging us for the 'enhanced' version, when they're not charging iPhone users.

I used to be on the bandwagon until I realized that most stuff you are trying to find out the name to is on the radio. Rarely and I walking down the street and stop because someone is blasting a song on their CD player. So Nobex fills that slot.

Ok - this is ridiculous. I hear it in the forum and I hear it at work from my co-workers. Why are a few of you complaining about the cost of the app? How much did you pay for your phone? If you got yours from a Buy one get one free offer then you definately should not complain.

i can't even get to a link to download this thing...been to the app store, been to the shazam website keeps sending a link to the article or to download app world, which i have already done.

can anyone send me the link here so i can download it!


Not for nothing, but I've had Shazam for the iPhone for quite some time and it's really not all it's cracked up to be. It's a nice concept, but there are way too many songs that go unrecognized.

I had the link sent to me from blackberry app world, however I'm not given the option to download... only see reviews..recommendations...and screenshots. Is this happening to anyone else? Is there a way around it to download the app?

Shazam will not download on my 8330 because it says its not compatible and is only a uk service right now. My Carrier is ACS Alaska Communication Systems they work with Verizon as fr as i know any help would be appreciated

I love it..simple to use....Have had it for a few days and haven't paid for the app.
I just want to know the name of the song and I can grab it later.

i am trying to connect the shazam with facebook in order to share my tags. it takes me on a web page, i enter my login informations and nothing happens. i am on a mobile version of facebook. anyone with the same issue?