Shazam Brings Back Unlimited Tagging in Free iPhone App

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    Music identification service Shazam was one of the early hits on the App Store, with the company's free iPhone application seeing 1.5 million downloads over the first few months of availability.

    Shazam shifted gears slightly in November 2009, introducing a paid Shazam Encore application and limiting new users of the free application to only five tags per month. Users who had used the free application before that time were grandfathered in and have continued to have access to unlimited tagging.

    But today, Shazam announced that it has brought back unlimited tagging for all users in the free application, relying on an ad-supported model.
    The paid Shazam Encore continues to offer some benefits over the free application, including an ad-free experience and features such as LyricPlay, which allows users to view song lyrics as the tracks play.

    Article Link: Shazam Brings Back Unlimited Tagging in Free iPhone App
  2. RoelJuun macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
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    This is nice, it always amazes people when my phone tells them what song is playing.
  3. nrose101 macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2011
    Delray Beach, FL
    Hopefully now they can work on getting tagging to work a bit better!
  4. xii macrumors newbie

    Aug 10, 2010
    Isn't soundhound better? In my opinion it hits better.
  5. mijail macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2010
    In my experience Shazam already works much better than, say, SoundHound.

    I was always using SoundHound in my first try to reserve Shazam's 5 songs per month, and lately SoundHound was typically failing. So Shazam will be now my first choice. Yay!
  6. saw1980 macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2011
    No grandfathering for me

    Glad this is back. I was a user from the start, and was never grandfathered into the "unlimited". In fact, I pretty much quit using it when they did that, because the counter never reset at a month.
  7. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD

    I just got their premium version for free, via a Starbucks promotion code on one of those cards they give away in their stores.

    Guess now, I know why they were so willing to give away a $6 application! :)

    But this is still good news. I never liked the idea that they'd limit song detection to 5 tries per month or whatever. IMO, if you're one of these services, what you're REALLY doing is aiding the record companies with their sales. Why do most people CARE which song is playing? They like what they hear and want to know more about it, so they can go BUY it (or similar material from that same artist).

    The recording industry should be helping offset the expenses for song tagging!
  8. 1080p macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2010
    Planet Earth
    Meh. Soundhound is better. I can usually get Soundhound to detect music across the room with ambient room noise/chatter. Shazam usually cannot.

    On average, I can get Soundhound to detect the song with 5-8 second snippets of music. Shazam needs MUCH more time.

    And OG users will remember Soundhound as Midomi. :cool:
  9. interestedabit macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2006
    Can I be *that whining git*? Just paid 5 euros for full version so I had unlimited tagging. Now this..

    Oh well.

    Not the end of the world. Just unlucky.
  10. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

    Dr McKay

    Aug 11, 2010
  11. johncrab macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2011
    Scottsdale, AZ
  12. auxsend macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2011
    Highspire, PA
    I also am in the legions who paid for this app. Hate it when that happens.
  13. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The whole grandfathered thing is bull crap. I was a user who downloaded Shazam when it came out.

    I was grandfathered, but only for a short period. After which Shazam put a limit on me. Complete and utter BS. I dumped that crap and switched to SoundHound which gets it right always.

    Oh, and SoundHound does not crash.
  14. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
    So they saw the paid version wasn't selling well. Then they went back like old time free and unlimited!
  15. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    I got Shazam and SoundHound when both had a 5 song limit per month.
    Then SoundHound switched to unlimited.
    I used that almost exclusively.
    Then I was given a FREE Shazam code (via Starbucks)
    I now have unlimited for both and only used them each once since then.

    Good for all users...except those that just bought the Encore version.
  16. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Not only that, they probably noticed that the free version Shazam was only being used the first week of the month, after which usage dropped off a cliff when people used up their monthly allotment of free identifications.
  17. seamer macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    I've had Shazam since it was first released.. They grandfathered the early users into the paid VIP system, but it was really hard to make the account have the same features if you ever had to replace your phone. The Shazam people were great at communicating the steps, but they never worked for me.
  18. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    Shazam was good until they put the limit on the free version (I was grandfathered in, but after getting a new iPod and setting it up as a new one, I lost that). I then switched to Soundhound, which, for about a month, had 5 tags a month, then switched to unlimited. I'd never switch back, considering Soundhound is much better and more accurate.
  19. zachlegomaniac macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2008
  20. bmoorhouse macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2003
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    I don't understand the complaints. Shazam was great about the grandfather program for me.

    Since they added the limits, I have gone through four iPhones. Each time, a simple email and a couple of hours wait was all it took to get the unlimited tagging restored.

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