Shazam Android application extends availability across Europe

Shazam, the mobile music discovery provider, announced its top rated mobile application is now available across Europe on the Android platform, following its successful launch in the UK and US markets in 2008.

Shazam allows users to identify music by holding their mobile phone towards an unknown song and ‘tagging’ a track. Users can then go on to purchase tracks through the Amazon MP3 store, automatically access more information and become ‘friends’ with artists through their MySpace pages. Shazam was the third most popular application when the Android Marketplace launched, and since has generated more than 6,000 reviewers giving it a 4.5 star out of 5 star rating.

Shazam’s eight million strong track database is the most comprehensive in the sector and will take Android users in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Netherlands and Poland on a musical journey that blends music discovery with individual music tastes and social experiences. Shazam users can access music from every corner of the globe and every era including the latest pre-release and local music to offer an unrivalled music experience on their mobile phone.

Andrew Fisher, CEO of Shazam said: “We’ve enabled huge numbers of users to shape their own unique music experience through Shazam on Android, and extending our top rated service into new markets across Europe brings Shazam to an even wider audience.”

Fisher continued: “Bringing music discovery and the ability to connect with new artists by purchasing tracks through Amazon, becoming ‘friends’ with artists on MySpace to sharing information with friends and recommending music gems from our vast database takes Android users on an unparalleled individual musical journey.”

John Faith, general manager and vice president of mobile at MySpace, added: “Music is such a huge part of people’s lives and has the capacity to bring people together, particularly in a mobile social networking environment. MySpace’s rich mobile social networking functionality integrates with Shazam, allowing users to get significantly more out of their music experiences, wherever they are.”

Shazam’s music recognition technology has been used by more than 75 carriers around the world for several years. With the launch of applications for both the iPhone and the Android platform around the world, Shazam is pioneering the evolution of mobile social music.