Shazam has just given its music discovery apps a shot of steroids. Among other new features: iPhone and iPod touch users can get tour and gig ticket info, plus create their own stations through partnership with industry leading internet radio app
“We are delighted to bring these enhancements to the more than 15 million Shazam iPhone and iPod touch users around the world,” said Andrew Fisher, CEO of Shazam. “We are committed to continually improving our apps and our collaboration with Last.fm, a leading consumer music brand, allows us to deliver an even more compelling music journey for our users.”
David Goodman, President of the CBS Interactive Music Group said, “We are thrilled to be working with Shazam to create a unique integration with Last.fm, as it brings together two of the world’s leading music services to help consumers discover and share music. We look forward to continued collaboration between our services.”
Shazam users can now directly access Last.fm to listen to stations from their track and can also access comprehensive tour and ticket information for tagged artists. When a song is tagged, an icon will be displayed that, when tapped, provides tour information for that band or artist. Users can now find out where their favorite tagged artists are performing both locally, with automated geolocation functionality, and in other cities around the world with access to 60 sources covering 140 countries. The application also offers recommendations for local gigs scheduled for similar artists.
With Last.fm, Shazam users can create their own radio stations that include additional songs by tagged artist as well as songs from other artists with similar styles and genres. When a song is tagged, an icon will appear in the Tag Results page which takes the user directly to their radio station. Users must have already downloaded the Last.fm radio app in order to access this feature and must also be in the geographic region where Last.fm is accessible.
Additionally, the enhanced versions of Shazam Encore and (SHAZAM)RED give users direct access to the Shazam Blog which features original insight, reviews and comments on current trends and events in music.
The updated versions of Shazam Encore and (SHAZAM)RED are now available in 32 countries from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch. The Last.fm App is available in US, UK and Germany.