Shazam for Android Update Brings Social Networking Features, Unlimited Tagging for Free Until 2012

The folks at Shazam have just hit us up to let us know that the free version of their application now features unlimited tagging until January 2012. This was possible thanks to a three month sponsorship that eBay and Shazam have penned. Sweet! And as a bonus, they’re introducing a new feature that’ll feed to you a stream of songs your friends have tagged in order to facilitate easier discovery of music. Take a look at the full slate of changes below and head to the Android market if you’d like to jump on this one as soon as you can.

Shazam Launches “Unlimited Tagging” Globally in Free App for Android

First of its Kind Sponsorship with eBay and

Facebook® Integration with Shazam Friends makes Discovering and Sharing Music Effortless


London, UK – 28 April 2011 – Shazam®, the world’s leading mobile discovery company, today announced a major update to its Shazam App for Android which brings with it two exciting new features: unlimited tagging sponsored by eBay for all Shazamers using the Shazam Free App and “Shazam Friends”, a real-time feed within the App of songs that Facebook friends have tagged, creating a continuously updating list for Shazamers to discover and share new music with their friends.


This is the first exclusive App sponsorship deal agreed by eBay anywhere in the world, and the first time Shazam has selected a partner to provide free services to their customers.


Alex Musil, Executive Vice President of Product Marketing at Shazam said, “eBay is a brand people know and love, and we’re excited to announce them as our exclusive sponsor, bringing all Android Shazamers the benefit of unlimited music discovery.” Musil continued, “In addition, we’re pleased to offer Android Shazamers access to the Shazam Friends social feature, allowing them to share their music discoveries with their Facebook friends and family while discovering exciting new music and content themselves in a continuously updating feed.”

This update of the Shazam Free App – which usually comes with five tags per month – will enable new and existing users to receive free unlimited Shazaming until January 1, 2012.

Steve Yankovich, Vice President of eBay Mobile said, “Like eBay, Shazam connects consumers with the content, products and information they want.  We are excited to sponsor Shazam’s Android App offering millions of consumers the chance to do even more of what they love, while expanding their ability to Shazam and share the music they’re most passionate about.”

Shazam Friends is easy to set up and, upon updating the App, a new “Friends” tab will appear.  Once a Shazamer logs into their Facebook account and confirms they would like to connect and share with friends, they can:


·         Browse all of their friends’ tags, watch music videos, read reviews, access biographies and get artist tour information

·         See all recent tags from a particular friend in one list

·         Add friends’ tags to their Shazam tag list

·         Purchase the track

·         Where available, use streaming services to play the song from their playlist

·         Post tags to Facebook and Twitter, add comments, and give their friends a chance to comment

·         Encourage friends to join them in using Shazam Friends


Shazam Friends is already available in both Shazam Free and Encore Apps on Apple’s iOS devices and now on Android devices. Shazamers can manage the sharing of their tags and decide to stop sharing at any time, while still being able to see their friends’ tags. For two friends to see each other’s tags, they both have to connect their Facebook accounts to Shazam.


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  • Rob

    I’ll stick with soundhound shazam pissed me off with the limitations on tagging.

    • 4G_Or_Not_4G

      beat me to it, was going to say the same thing…Shazam had everyone and opened up the door for Soundhound, now I need a reason to switch other then Shanzam wants to play nice now…too late!

      • Azeem

        Couldn’t agree more. Shazam tried to screw their users in the butt with their limitations, and Soundhound came around and saved them.

        Screw Shazam. Soundhound for life.

  • John

    No thx. I’ll stick with the free full Soundhound I got off Amazon’s free app of the day a week or two ago. Soundhound is much better imo anyway

    • Rob

      same here

  • Temporary101

    For me: Soundhound it is!

    The only thing I miss about Shazam, was the instant tag widget. Hope Soundhound gets it soon.

  • BinaryTB

    Yup yup, you lost me Shazam, another one in for Soundhound! (it had me when it correctly detected my fiance’s humming in the middle of a large arena of people… she was humming ABBA!)

  • edoggy

    Ditto to all comments above. Sounhound is the one to use.

  • jawman

    I’ve already got unlimited tagging thanks to Amazon giving away Soundhound infinity for free. Soundhound is the way to go. It tags well and starts up much faster than Shazam, so it’s great for when you’re catching the tail end of a song and want to get it identified quickly. If everyone knew about Soundhound, no one would ever use Shazam anymore.

  • MooseCat

    Shazam lost me to Soundhound when I got a new phone and lost my grandfathered unlimited tags.

  • JC Wonder

    I don’t know. Too little, too late?

    Shazam started limiting the amount of tags, and now they want to offer free tagging till 2012? Joke, right? I’ll stick with SoundHound.

  • bobomb

    Ditto ditto. Too little too late. I’ve used Shazam since waaaaay back in the day, on dumbphones, and was loyal as could be because it was the shizzle. Then they pull that crap with the limitations, and adios Shazam. Soundhound all the way.

  • PhillipCun

    don’t they make enough money off ads? jesus. i pirate their stupid apps anyways and i still rather use soundhound