Shazam Adds $5 iPhone App, Limits Free Version

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by rdowns, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    The good news, "Existing Shazam users, however, can keep using their free, unlimited versions."


  2. srl7741 macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2008
    In my world
    I'm glad to see the existing users are not hurt by the tag cap. I love the App.
  3. philMBP macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2007
    How can they not cap existing users given that the app does not use registered accounts? The only way I can think of is never again updating...or they remove the original version but still offer updates. However, accidently deleting it would mean never getting it back.

  4. derek13 macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2009
    Waterloo, Ontario
    They probably keep track of the UDID (device ID) on their servers.
  5. mrpither macrumors regular


    Aug 21, 2007
    if you update you get capped, according to one user in another thread. bawls... :mad:
  6. kate-willbury macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2009
    wow..would have loved to have known about this before updating. the changelog didn't mention a thing about the cap. ridiculously lame.
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Change the existing app's price point in iTunes from $0 to $5. Add a new, free version with the 5-song limit. I don't know whether that's what they've done, but that would do the trick.
  8. Berek macrumors member


    Jun 8, 2009
  9. ncsmith4 macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2007
    Midomi charges money now too...

    But here is my question now: Shazam (free) just updated to Version 1.8.0. It doesnt say anything about a 5 song limit. Im afraid to update cuz I dont want to be locked into 5 song limit, but now I have an effing "1" on my app store icon. WTF?

    Also, why does Shazam Encore have ads?!? What am I paying for? The privilege of viewing ads??
  10. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    This might simply be a case of the ad revenue not being enough to support the servers that they need to keep the service running.

    I tag a song once every couple of weeks, but I've seen people that tag 20 songs a day.
  11. redbeard331 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2009
    I call BS, I updated tonight thinking my limit wouldn't get capped and it did, so after a year of Shazam being one of my favorite apps I am deleting it and just using Midomi which does not limit you.
  12. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    Why do I encounter so many people online who hate the notion of a company making a profit?
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You could have copied the ipa file to another location, updated the app, checked to see whether it limited existing users, and if it did simply put the old ipa file back. No?

    It is not that the notion of a company making a profit is bad. It is the notion that you have an app that cost a certain amount of money. In this case, it was free. Then they realize that it is impossible to carry the load with ad revenue so they offer a paid version. That is entirely ok as far as I'm concerned. However, they then take their free version and limit old and new users (there are reports that existing users are being limited through the latest update) crippling the app that they "bought". While it was free it there is still an issue there when a company is essentially forcing you to pay for something that you've been using for free for well over a year (in some cases). With every app I buy or download for free I expect that it will work as originally advertised.
  14. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    The way I look at it is, this app has been really useful to me for over a year and I never had to pay a cent for it. I'm now being asked to pay an optional one time fee which I don't mind at all because it's been a great service and will continue to be.

    I've got a fully functional version of Shazam on this phone now, but I'm still going to buy the paid version. I think of it as a tip.
  15. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
  16. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I agree in a way but I've just read that the paid version also has ads. When I pay for an app I expect them to be ad-free. When I get a free app I welcome ads because I expect the developer needs to eat.
  17. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    I just saw the list of changes. It says as an existing user even if I update I'll still have unlimited tagging. That seems totally fair.
  18. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Have you verified that? I don't see how they are even making that possible on the upgrade.
  19. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    I just saw that as well in the app store. It does say that as a existing user, all tags will be unlimited.
  20. icedmocha macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
  21. 199708 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2008
    With ads.

    time machine is good to me at times like this. :D
  22. bradl macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2008
    Let us know how this works out. I downloaded the update last night, then caught this and the other thread. Since then, I deleted the app out of iTunes, then transferred the app back from my iPhone into iTunes.

    I'd love to hear some success/failure stories before updating.

  23. smknSRT8 macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2008
  24. DarkHeraldMage macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    If you don't want to pay, or you don't want to potentially be limited, don't upgrade. I agree with the very few people here who have said that it's ridiculous for everyone to be whining about the developer wanting to make a little money off an extremely successful venture on their part.

    Now if they forced users who previously downloaded it for free to pay, yes, that would be a problem. But nobody says you have to update/upgrade. You want the free unlimited version, then stay where you're at and don't update it. But all this whining because people don't want to give everything away free forever is just sad. Most trials or shareware programs don't last nearly as long as they allowed the free unlimited version of Shazam. They were more than generous and are still being so.
  25. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

    iPhone 62S

    Aug 18, 2009
    If that is true, what happens if I restore my phone?

Share This Page