Get off of my cloud – Shazam discovers Spotify

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Shazam, the mobile music discovery service, is adding integration with music streaming service Spotify, a feature request that I’m sure has been rampant among hardcore users.

Users of Shazam’s free and premium apps for iPhone, iPod and Android will now be able to access Spotify directly through a new ‘Play in Spotify’ feature, which upon Shazam recognising or recommending a song, takes them directly to Spotify where they can listen to the full track. That’s if they have a Spotify Premium subscription (mobile access is only available for paying customers), and if the track in question exists in Spotify’s, shall we say sometimes Spotty, music catalogue. You’ll also need to be in either the UK, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Spain or the Netherlands.

That said, the tie-up between the two services is a very natural fit. Both target smartphone savvy music lovers, and the ability to hear a track out and about and have Shazam recognise it and tag it for you, only to then be able to access it on-demand via Spotify’s cloud, does really bring home the largest record collection in the sky proposition that services like Spotify try to offer.

London-headquartered Shazam also continues to go from strength to strength. At the end of last year, the company announced that it had hit the 100m user mark, adding 25m users in the previous six months – although, how many of those are still active, isn’t known. Shazam offers both a free version of its app – allowing users to discover or tag five tracks per-month – along with paid versions for unlimited tagging. It also has partnerships with AT&T, T-Mobile and Vodafone, along with television broadcasters including NBC Universal and Fox Broadcasting Company. In fact, the living room is the next growth target for Shazam.

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  • lolzzilla

    I would love to see Shazam inregrated with Youtube.
    ¨What´s the name of the song?¨must be the most asked question on Youtube.

    • James Marshall

      Damn straight.

  • Guillermo Garron

    Wow, that is really interesting.
    I will not be able to use it, ’cause I live in south America, but anyway a great joint.
    I always dreamed about while hearing a song in the street, and then immediately have it on your “walkman” :).

  • Jdoree

    Wait a minute. If Shazam just identified the song for me, aren’t I already listening to it?

  • Jdoree

    Wait a minute. If Shazam just identified the song for me, aren’t I already listening to it?

    • Paul Henriques

      It could be a snippet of a song on a movie soundtrack or an advert for example. You’re hearing a bit of it but you may not know the song name or artist. Happened to me – I liked the track playing in some film so I opened Shazam held my phone up to the TV speaker. 2 minutes (and 75p) later it was in my iTunes library.

    • Anonymous

      I guess so you have it to listen to later?

  • Frank lopez

    So Ihave a spotify account and I alive in the U.S . Have the spotify mobile app installed. I have shazam but I dont see the spotify option anywhere. Is the update not yet released? Or do I have to have a U.K shazam app? Does it really matter?

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  • Jeremy

    I really don’t understand the infatuation with Spotify. For $10 a month Napster is a better service. Play any of their 10-11 million songs on any device on demand at any time in any place. Even store up to 100 songs on your mobile device for listening when not connected. Oh, and it’s all commercial free.

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