Shazam connects Last.fm and (SHAZAM)RED for apps

Shazam, the mobile music discovery provider, has announced a number of significant enhancements for its globally popular Shazam Encore and (SHAZAM)RED Apps on the App Store.

With the enhanced version of the apps, iPhone and iPod Touch users now have access to a number of new and innovative features including access to tour information for tagged artists, the Shazam Blog and the ability to use Last.fm to create Internet radio stations using their tagged music.

“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.”

In what are perhaps some of the most exciting new features associated with this update, Shazamers, in addition to directly accessing Last.fm to listen to stations from their track, can also now continue their music discovery by accessing 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 favourite 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.