We're talking to Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher in this week's podcast. Andrew explains the technical background to the service and then goes on to talk about the company's new mobile applications, its relationship with the music industry, its successes (including helping Mint Royale to the top of the charts) and its plans for the future.
Shazam has been used by over 50 million people – currently growing by around 500,000 new users per week - and has 8 million music tracks on its database. It's available in over 150 countries, identifies 2 million tracks every day and is the world's largest iTunes reseller on mobile devices.
giffgaff, a 'virtual' mobile operator that uses the O2 UK network, has launched today. It's encouraging its customers to promote the network by borrowing eccentric tools and creating YouTube videos. The best five videos will each receive £5000; there's also a potential reward of free mobile usage for a year.
The company is also running a 'Payback' scheme that awards points for helping other people. Each point is worth 1p; there are points for answering queries, points for submitting marketing ideas and 500 points (£5) for acquiring new users.