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Shazam Reaches 250 Million Users. Now Allows You To Tag TV Shows

Eric McBride


Shazam is one of those apps that I find myself using a lot more than than I actually realize, and with all the songs I’ve tagged from movies and TV shows, I can honestly say that it’s one of those must have apps for any smartphone. But apparently Shazam isn’t stopping with just being able to tag music, as they have announced that the popular app now allows you to tag TV shows.

Up until now, Shazam allowed you to tag music along with certain sponsored TV shows. But with this new functionality, you can now tag anything that’s currently on TV and view IMDB information on the cast and crew, latest tweets about the show,a much more. You can even tag sports events, which will then load stats and box scores within the app. Currently, the feature is only for US TV shows, and Shazam indicates that they have around 160 servers watching channels in the US.

Shazam’s user base is also growing very nicely, with a reported 250 million total users growing at a rate of over 2 million per week. By those numbers, Shazam is currently one of the most downloaded apps of all time.

Now if only they would add the ability identify songs by humming/singing them (ala Soundhound)...

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  • Eric McBride Sep 20, 2012 Link

    @CJ - That would be AWESOME! I really love both apps as well. I find myself using Shazam a bit more than Soundhound, but I like Soundhounds UI better.

  • CJ Brown Sep 20, 2012 Link

    maybe Shazam and Soundhound could end up merging (both are great apps) ...

    C J

  • Eric McBride Sep 19, 2012 Link

    @Nick - I agree. Strange that they don't seem to be trying to chop each others heads off. If only all competitors could live so peacefully :-D

  • Nick Mongeau Sep 17, 2012 Link

    Hopefully Soundhound can find an innovative way to 'tag' songs so we can have a competitive app. As of right now Shazam is far ahead of Soundhound and I would love to see a change so they can work off each others programs.

  • Eric McBride Sep 17, 2012 Link

    That's EXACTLY what I'm hoping to see this year as well :-D

  • Nick Mongeau Sep 17, 2012 Link

    I love Shazam and I think it's awesome that they're adding new things to recognize and tag but my dream app would be a Shazam and Soundhound mix. Shazam with the lyrics and fell Soundhound offers would be perfect.