Shazam Entertainment caused quite a stir when they announced that they would be crippling the free version of their popular music identifying app in order to make room for a more full-featured paid version, but no matter where you stand on that issue, you have to appreciate the fact that both paid versions of Shazam are once again priced lower than the competing Midomi SoundHound by $2.00 just for the holidays.
Shazam Encore contains all of the free version’s features, including the ability to share song tags through a variety of services and purchase music directly through iTunes, but it also features a new interface, speed improvements, music recommendations, hot and popular music charts, song lyrics, the ability to search for music by artist, album, or track, a drive and tag mode that makes it easier to discover music while the device is docked, and, of course, unlimited song tagging.
(Shazam) RED is basically the same app as Shazam Encore except for a couple of differences. First off, the app features an entirely red interface instead of Encore‘s blue, and second, Shazam Entertainment will contribute $1.00 of (Shazam) RED‘s purchase price to programs that combat HIV and AIDS in Africa.
Both premium Shazam apps are normally priced at $4.99, but for the holidays they will be priced at just $2.99.