To those who can access it (read: U.S. users), the Amazon Appstore may seem like one of the best things since sliced bread - it trumps Google's own web-based Android Market in almost every way. One of such differentiating features is the Goldbox-like Free Premium App of the Day concept that, like Groupon and its competitors, was introduced to provide great deals to consumers and giant spikes in traffic to app developers.

Of course, it was no surprise that the first such premium app given away was Angry Birds: Rio (though, it remains free to this day and was clearly more of a marketing ploy), but the next few apps were not really that exciting. Today's app, however, is a whole different story.

The premium version of Shazam, called Shazam Encore (normally $5), is, you guessed it, free in the Amazon Appstore for the remainder of today. Shazam was the first Android app to offer remarkably accurate song identification by simply listening to short audio segments of whatever is playing around you. The app was free from the start but then went premium, leaving free users with only 5 tags per month. At the same time, the company introduced Shazam Encore, which offered unlimited tagging for $5.


Those with access to the Amazon Appstore can download Shazam Encore for free for the next 13 hours or so. Those without, which is unfortunately, most of the world, will have to watch from the sidelines and pollute nearby air with curse words of increasing complexities. If it's any consolation, Soundhound, Shazam's largest competitor who some swear by as a more accurate tagger, started offering free unlimited tagging a few months ago.

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Source: Amazon Appstore

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  • http://www.slipshft.com Slipshft

    While I am still a bit skeptical of the Amazon store, I do watch for the free app of the day, and pick them up if they are worth while. I picked today's up just to try it.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I mentioned it in the conclusion for those people who can't download from the Amazon Market.

  • ari-free

    One of the nice things about the appstore is the review system. No more 2 word "it suxxxxx~~~~" reviews that flood the android market.

    Here's an interesting one I found:

    "This app is amazing.

    True Story: Last fall I was watching a football game on TV. As they went to commercial the stadium sound system started to play a song, I could hear it in the background as the TV announcers talked over it. I "knew" the song from my younger days, but couldn't recall the name or the group. I grabbed by Droid X, loaded the recorder app, rewound the DVR and recorded the song snippet to my phone. Next day I played this snippet for nearly 20 people, hoping that someone would recognize it. No one did.

    I pretty much forgot about it.

    Today, March 25, 2011, four and a half months later, I try Amazon's free offer of Shazam. After reading what the app is supposed to do, I recall this recording from Oct. 2010. I load Shazam, load the recording (both on the same phone), hit Play, quickly switch back to Shazam, hit Listen. Shazam listens, analyzes....and comes up with a match! I knew immediately that it had gotten it right, first try; Driver's Seat by Sniff n' the Tears, from 1978.

    Keep in mind that this recording was only about 8 seconds long, from the stadium sound system, with people talking over it in the foreground, recorded from a TV, to a phone.

    Shazam, I am impressed! "

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Precisely one of the reasons I love the new appstore so much, and that's a great story.

  • Android battery

    What are you skeptical about?

  • Chris

    There is an alternative, arguably much superior music identification app called SoundHound.

    Unlimited music IDs are free even in the free version, and as well as playing actual music you can hum or sign to it.

  • Adam

    Does anyone understand how Amazon can do this? I can't imagine the app developers are just giving them away for free. So is Amazon subsidizing the cost of them? And if so, how long can we realistically expect Amazon to keep footing the bill?

    Regardless, I'll be downloading every one of these babies every day.

  • Jacob Weisz

    When Amazon chooses to sell them for free, app developers get like 20% of the app's retail price.

    Only apps I get via Amazon are ones given away free. There's a good chance I'll buy them later on the Google Market if it suits my fancy at the time anyways. I like supporting app devs.

  • Androig User

    I am in the U.S. and have NO intention of doing this. I used to be a hard core Shazam fan and when they changed their policy, I looked elsewhere.

    SoundHound is much better on every level. Not only is it free/unlimited, but it will give you lyrics (when it can). You can even hum the song you want for gosh sakes.

    Too little, too late Shazam.

  • Jason

    Many software developers give their software away for free in short burst (several websites are dedicated to the "software giveaway of the day" for every OS in home computing). The premise is that you like it and tell friends about it tomorrow they might buy it. Or if its a small unknown app, getting it out there in user hands to basically do an open beta testing to find bugs. And if people like it, they will write reviews, and it will rocket to the top of the downloads list and gain more exposure. The 20% ain't bad when some sites dont give you anything for giving it away.

  • Adam

    My question is, if this is free for now. What happens if we get a different phone, or our phone dies and we have to re-setup the phone again? Is the app still free? Is there a way to extract the install apk to save

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Once you purchase it (even if it's free), it gets added to your digital locker, from which you can re-download it at any point to any phone you own.

      • Adam

        Ok, thank you very much. I was just curious. Thanks! :D

  • jj

    I grabbed Shazam Encore in addition to the free version I have installed. Now I have two slightly different icons, but only one app appears to be installed. Hm

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I think it's just recognizing and pulling the same data (history) from their servers or your SD card based on your phone ID - there are actually 2 distinct apps installed. Go to the Market and uninstall the one from there.

  • J. Berts

    Once installed, Amazon App store spent way too much time running in the background and asking for me to update it. Now it spends its time uninstalled from my Android phone.