Shazam pulls the plug on its Windows apps for PC and Mobile
Popular music ID app Shazam has decided to call it quits on their hosted web app for Windows 10 on PC and Mobile.
Announced in October 2015 for Windows 10 the company boasted about how easy it was to make a 'hosted web app' for Windows 10 on the Microsoft blog later in February 2016.
Despite a few updates here and there, the app disappeared from the Store in early February and, as it turns out, was officially declared end-of-life on February 7, 2017, within the app's help area. While users can still download the app using a direct link, it won't show in a store search. Likewise, Shazam has removed all mentions of Windows Phone and PC versions of the app from their site's app section.
From the app help area:
No specific reason was given, but presumably, low user adoption was the driving factor. Curiously, the Shazam app for Windows 10 was never a native UWP one, but instead, like Amazon, relied on funneling website elements through an app-like experience. While it worked well enough, it was never as fully featured as iOS and Android.
Nevertheless, despite being the low-bar for an app adoption and usage was low enough not to warrant any further development, which is a troubling sign for Windows 10. Most of Shazam's usage likely comes from mobile (we never used it on the PC, where it makes less sense) and the lack of Windows phone market share likely hit it harder than expected. The app did have over 2,000 reviews, however, with a 4.5 out of 5 stars rating.
Windows 10 through its built in help-assistant Cortana does have a music ID feature built in making Shazam slightly redundant for many users as well. Indeed, using Cortana is often easier and faster, and that may have undercut the "need" for Shazam for some consumers.
The good news, if any, is that you can still download the app and it does work although Facebook login may be problematic.
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Nadella is fooling ppl
She was great on 8.1 but is now an unreliable POS
Nadella mobile first!
Lol that man is a pure lier
Can you give two examples? UWP needs to be proven with a WIN32 program conversation, not snatchat, if that's one of your examples
Not really what we use phones for.
Its not exactly a WhatsApp.
I appreciate you coming to your senses but you don't seem sure of yourself
The long term plan is to replace WIN32 with UWP for the mere fact that its more secure, since you can't see a directory structure and it eliminates registry corruption. The issue here is that Microsoft haven't demonstrated that UWP is as clever as Win32.
They can't even port office.
You have to accept that maybe Google has provided an incentive for shaz.
This time is only a Microsoft fault
You have turned Windows ecosystem into an irrilevant platform
And now that the rage is out, does anybody know any good UWP music identification app? 😁
Yes Microsoft since they don't care of their store!!!
Even searchs have problems and they don't fix it... The bug is there since about 2 years!! Execs responsible of the windows store should be fired immediately
I use this app often ☹
Because grown people can do what they want without the "guidance" of obsessed haters.
Because...well, it shouldn't matter to you what other people do.
Microsoft pulls the plug on windows 10 mobile lol 😁
Meanwhile my X3 keeps on turning heads around and people ask me why are your apps moving like that on the start screen🙂.