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Good old Shazam is back with a solid update for those on Windows 10 desktop. The popular music ID app is now on version 4.6.22.0 is now live in the Store and going out as an update for those with it already installed. The big change is the app is now Windows 10 based.

Indeed, looking through the app there are a few changes including the telltale back arrow key in the top left corner. Windows 8.1 apps run with the hamburger button for legacy controls, whereas Windows 10 apps get the back button for navigation. Additionally, the Shazam logo is modernized to match their app on other platforms.

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Shazam (and its ad-free sibling Shazam Encore) received some a milestone update a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, those updates also broke a few things along the way. Luckily for us, the team behind the app is not giving up as they have pushed out another update to right those wrongs.

Additionally, Pimp My Band, the one-of-kind app that lets you customize the Me Tile on the Microsoft Band also picked up an update today. It adds a few new features and laying the groundwork for a bigger update down the road.

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Sort of like Yelp, Shazam is often seen as a redundant service to Microsoft’s built in Bing offerings. And like Yelp, Shazam does a lot more than too.

For instance, starting with version 3.5 you can tag (ID) songs even when you don’t have an active internet connection—that’s kind of a big deal if you’re like us and are always trying to figure out what that song is. You also get things like LyricPlay, the ability to buy music from the Xbox or Nokia Music stores, one-click tag with the Tile, watch YouTube videos, see local tags and more. Heck, it even has lockscreen support. That’s way more than the Bing Music ID service.

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Last week we reported that unconfirmed rumors on Reddit had hinted that Microsoft might be expanding it's Bing Audio music matching service. Today, the company announced that it would in fact be expanding the service into 14 new countries around the world. The music matching service is a great alternative to applications like Shazam, as it comes pre-bundled into the Windows Phone operating system.

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We’re actually pretty big fans of Shazam, the popular music ID service, as it tends to do a slightly more accurate job than the Bing music service. Throw in the ability to pin the scanner to your Start screen for 1-touch access and we’re happy campers.

Today, Shazam is announcing an updated Windows Phone 8 version of their popular app and it looks quite polished. Probably the biggest improvement comes from the tie in to Nokia Music, which is becoming an ever more popular service on Lumia Windows Phones.

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You'll be able to tag TV shows with Shazam soon enough

The popular music tagging service Shazam has reached 250 million users and has unleashed the ability to tag TV shows as well. The added functionality will enable users to find out what music is playing, who's acting on-screen, and more. The service is available in app form for Windows Phone, but it's often overshadowed by Microsoft's own Bing Audio music tagging integration on the mobile platform, which offers identical functionality.

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Shazam Mango updated to version 2.2

Shazam Encore, which has been updated as a game in the past, has finally received Mango treatment and has brought along some goodies. As well as fast-app switching, you're now able to pin the tagging functionality to the home screen to allow quick access. While Shazam is useful, Bing also offers music identification from a recording snippet too (for free).

You can pick up Shazam Encore for $5.99 from the Marketplace. What do you use? Bing or Shazam?

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Shazam, the only music ID app, has finally returned to the Marketplace along with its $5.99 super-expense-it's-not-really-worth-it older brother. (See our comparison video between the two)

Both apps were pulled a week ago for various reasons. For one, we knew Shazam (free) was installing under your Games category (no, it never uninstalled, it was there the whole time), so that required it to be pulled and fixed and re-submitted. Shazam Encore was pulled, some speculated, due to poor reception and the high price. Well, at least with the latter, it still has that high price--$5.99.

Encore though has been updated to v2.1 and we're comparing/contrasting with our v2.0 to see if there are any feature differences that could possibly justify the $6 price-tag, so look back in a few for that update...

Update: After comparing both the free version and Encore, we still find very little difference between the two apps. Nothing has changed, as far as we can tell.

You can grab Shazam (free) here and Shazam Encore ($5.99) from the Marketplace here. Thanks, SEKKDS, for noticiing!

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