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Shazam Unveils Major Redesign As Music Destination, Content Platform For Artists

LONDON (Hypebot) – Shazam launched the first version of its redesigned app earlier this month. But today the company shared the full set of new features, along with how it hopes "to become a destination experience and content platform for artists, shows and brands,” according to CEO Rich Riley.

Expect more deals like the one just announced with Warner Music Group, as Shazam implements a more content driven strategy and music marketers experience the app as both as a predictor and driver of significant music sales.

Shazam says users are already tagging 10 million songs, shows and ads a day; and buying what they've tagged. Clicking through to digital stores iTunes and Amazon MP3, Shazam users are spending $300 million year with the vast majority that music, according to the company.

On the changes: "People will always be able to use Shazam… to identify almost any song amazingly fast and purchase or share that song," said Riley. " Shazam’s new content-rich design, coupled with the recently launched News Feed and the effortlessness of Auto Shazam, give users powerful reasons to spend a lot more time with Shazam and to use it every day.”

Starting with iOS and then Android users will gain access to these new features in the coming days:

  • Quick access to lyrics with a preview as soon as a track is matched, and with direct access to the music video and additional videos related to a song Recommendations unique to Shazam.
  • Faster access to the most important information about any show broadcast on over 160 TV channels in the US: music in the show, cast and crew, and more.
  • More complete biographies and discographies.
  • One of the world’s top ten apps, Shazam reaches more than 420 million users in 200 countries, exceeds 80 million monthly active users, and is growing by another 13 million new users each month.