Shazam Windows 8 app shows up in Windows Store

We are seeing more and more popular online services pop up in the Windows Store following the launch of Windows 8. Yet another well known online service has now decided to join Windows 8. Shazam has released the first version of its app in the Windows Store.

Shazam was launched in the UK in 1999 and allows users that have the app downloaded to listen to a piece of music via a device's microphone. The app then can identity the music from its own database and offers up information to the user about the artist, song title and more.

The app's website says that the Windows 8 version allows its users to purchase music and watch music videos and concerts via YouTube. It also lets users share tags to social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook or event Windows Live. It also works in the Snap View for people who want to use two programs at the same time in Windows 8.

The bad news? This first release is just for Windows 8 owners. People who own a Windows RT device, like the just launched Surface tablet by Microsoft, can't download the Shazam app yet.

Via: McAtkins Online
Source: Shazam Windows 8 website | Image via Shazam

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By default when you start making an app, it is set for all processors. You have the choice to restrict it, and perhaps they decided to wait until RT devices were out, so they could test the app and tweak it if needed before including ARM support.

This is what is happening I believe with the Solitaire, Mahjong, Minesweeper, and TapTiles games from Arkadium and Microsoft

When developers submit their apps by default it asks for you to submit for the RT marketplace as well. So Shazam must have choose not to support RT. Or Shazam could have been getting the RT app verification errors that other developers have been getting.

They might update it in a few weeks if they have been having development issues or a few months if the developers are just being lazy.

Bing does this Shazam thing, noticed it on my phone, just tried it now for the first time and it works.

Don't know how it compares to Shazam, my Bing test was 100% successful with one song

WooHoo!!! said,
Bing does this Shazam thing, noticed it on my phone, just tried it now for the first time and it works.

Don't know how it compares to Shazam, my Bing test was 100% successful with one song

Yeah, I use it fairly regularly on mine and it's very good. Plus it's integrated and much faster to get to. MS should enable music search as well as vision on their Bing metro app

Kunal Nanda said,

Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that the apps need to ported over to Windows RT.

I'd always got the impression that if you made a Metro app it just worked on both RT and 8 and no porting was required, weird to see so many Win8 only apps

Just tried to get on my surface but it does not work on windows RT yet.. strange.. it says that it only supports x86 and x64

NoClipMode said,
Angry Birds Space is now in the store. I've already told Neowin this but they're slow...

yea its been there for a few days, but its too bad they're not enabling a trial.

"The bad news? This first release is just for Windows 8 owners. People who own a Windows RT device, like the just launched Surface tablet by Microsoft, can't download the Shazam app yet."
Shouldn't all ms store apps be able to run on rt as well?
It even says on that page that "Get Windows 8 or Windows RT to run this app."

aviator189 said,
"The bad news? This first release is just for Windows 8 owners. People who own a Windows RT device, like the just launched Surface tablet by Microsoft, can't download the Shazam app yet."
Shouldn't all ms store apps be able to run on rt as well?
It even says on that page that "Get Windows 8 or Windows RT to run this app."

No, not all apps run on Windows RT, you can see in details, for Support Processors : x86, x64

Yeah I bet this app is limited to specific markets though. I couldn't get it on my WP in my country so I had to setting for SoundHound which is basically the exact same thing with a different color theme and name.