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March 23, 2010

Shazam on Ovi Store passes one million downloads

shazamGLOBAL – We’re not usually fond of chest-beating here, but even we have to give a little cheer as we watch Shazam crest the 1 million downloads from Ovi Store marker. Shazam isn’t the first Ovi Store app to pass the 1 million download mark and in this case, it isn’t the 1 million downloads that’s most interesting. Read on to find out what is.

Within 48 hours of landing on Ovi Store, Shazam had been downloaded in 178 countries. Yes. 178 countries, within 48 hours. I believe that’s what those in the trade refer to as “reach”. Pretty impressive, huh? But it doesn’t stop there. Shazam has since been downloaded in over 200 countries and onto 40 different Nokia devices.

I think it’s really exciting to see these kinds of results. There’s no shortage of developers creating cool new apps for us to download from Ovi Store, and with numbers like these, I’m really not surprised (by the way, have you seen Forum Nokia’s Design and UI guide? Every developer should check it out).

Giving some insight into the success of Shazam, Marco Argenti, VP of Media & Games, Nokia, said

“Shazam keeps being one of the top apps Ovi Store users love because of its ingredients of success: simplicity, usefulness, fun. This recipe has resonated with music lovers around the world who now can ‘tag’ the music they like and be able to purchase it from Nokia Music Store with just a couple of clicks”

Shazam on Nokia devices enables users to identify music tracks, get related music content and share musical moments on Twitter and Facebook. The app is available for download on the Ovi Store and comes with a 30 day free trial of the fully featured app when you use it for the first time on a device. After 30 days, you can continue Shazaming for free on a limited feature and tagging basis or chose to upgrade to the fully-featured, unlimited usage version for a one-off fee of $4.99, €3.99 or £2.99, depending on your location.

Right, we’re off to get our developer gloves on. 1 million downloads in 200 countries? Yes please! Let us know what you think in the comments below.