Shazam and Saavn Expand Partnership to Power Music Discovery in the World’s Fastest-Growing Music Democracy

For the first time, Shazam’s music tagging service comes to the masses in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan through partnership with Saavn


NEW YORK and NEW DELHI – WEBWIRE – Thursday, February 06, 2014
Shazam and Saavn are partnering to bring music to the mobile masses
Shazam and Saavn are partnering to bring music to the mobile masses

The Indian music market is one of the fastest growing and its audience is the most global in nature.

Today Shazam®, the world’s leading media engagement company, announced the expansion of its exclusive partnership with Saavn®, the world’s largest Indian music streaming service. The broadened partnership brings Shazam to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan, in addition to India.
 
The new launch gives music fans in these territories a fast and easy way to discover, explore, buy, and share the latest music from their favorite artists in Bollywood and beyond via Shazam’s tagging mechanism, which is now mapped to Saavn’s vast content library. Popular genres, such as film, bhangra, devotional, ghazals, pop, and more, are available for tagging, as are tracks in various languages, including Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, and English.
 
The expansion comes on the heels of rapid growth for both Shazam and Saavn in India. Since launching with Saavn in India in April 2013, Shazam has seen a 25 percent increase in tagging via its app, equivalent to millions of tagged tracks. Saavn has 10 times more weekly referrals to its website and apps thanks to Shazam, with streams of international content increasing by 100 percent in the first month of implementation.
 
“The Indian music market is one of the fastest growing and its audience is the most global in nature,” said Will Mills, VP Music & Content at Shazam. “We’re proud to extend our partnership with Saavn, the leader in this space, as we continue to give music fans a fantastic discovery experience in India and beyond.”
 
In a strategic move, Saavn and Shazam are also creating dynamic mixed-language playlists, featured on Saavn’s homepage. These multi-lingual playlists consist of the top-tagged tracks via Shazam, and add a fun, game-like element to Saavn’s features section. This new feature was developed to gamify the experience and encourage listeners to tag songs in order to “vote” them onto the homepage.
 
“Shazam and Saavn users in India have shown a remarkable propensity to tag English-language content, especially as Western content grows in popularity in the Subcontinent,” said Gavin Byrne, VP of Product for Saavn. “In fact, the Shazam Top 20 playlist is the top-performing playlist on Saavn’s English homepage. We’re thrilled to be able to give our listeners a voice on our homepage via Shazam, effectively powering the world’s largest ‘music democracy.’”
 
Founded in 2006, Saavn’s comprehensive music catalog includes over 1 million Indic tracks for its streaming “search and play” and radio services. With the smartest search, the fastest results, and the largest library of South Asian music, Saavn delivers a seamless, on-the-go listening experience to fans of South Asian music worldwide, across Web and mobile. Saavn’s latest industry-leading innovation is ad-free, offline play for subscribers of its newest product, Saavn Pro.
 
Shazam’s music database currently exceeds 30 million tracks, and includes social sharing features as well as streaming lyrics in time with the music with LyricPlay™.  Shazam recently announced the industry’s fastest unlimited tagging for iOS and Android devices.  In addition to LyricPlay, the Shazam App also includes great features such as Shazam Friends social sharing, links to YouTube videos, artist and tour information.
 
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About Shazam
 
Shazam is the world’s leading media engagement company with more than 400 million people in 200 countries and adding another 2 million new users each week.  With the industry’s unlimited fastest tagging in the Free and premium Encore Apps on iOS and Android devices, Shazam is the best way for people to discover, explore, buy, and share more music, TV shows and branded content they love.
Shazam makes it easy for people to share their discoveries with their friends on Facebook using the Shazam Friends feature, as well as on Twitter and Google+.  For people who don’t yet have the  Shazam application  on their smartphone, it is available for FREE on every major platform and can be found on  iTunes App Store ,  Google play ,  Amazon App Store ,  AT&T’s AppCenter ,  Verizon VCast app store ,  Nokia Store ,  Windows Phone Marketplace ,  BlackBerry App World , and  GetJar ..
 
For further information about Shazam Entertainment visit  www.shazam.com  and @ShazamNews.  You can also follow us on  Facebook  or  Google+ .  For daily music updates follow the  Shazam Blog  and @Shazam.
 
Shazam Media enquiries:  PR@shazamteam.com
 
The Shazam, Shazam Encore, LyricPlay, Shazam for TV names and icons are trademarks of Shazam Entertainment Limited.
About Saavn
About Saavn (South Asian Audio Video Network)

Saavn is the #1 digital music service for Indian music, transforming how people around the world access and experience the sounds of South Asia.
Saavn takes listeners to Bollywood and beyond, with a music library spanning nearly a century of music from India. Saavn’s millions of listeners are given the highest quality experience, with titles licensed from over 900 content providers.The company’s proprietary phonetic search feature intelligently understands what titles or artists a user is looking for, while dynamic audio adjustment technology provides flawless streaming on any device, regardless of connection quality. 

With Saavn Pro, fans can listen to Indian music ad-free and offline. Through partnerships with Apple, Google, Facebook and Shazam, Saavn reaches more music fans than any other South Asian music service. 
 
For more information, visit www.saavn.com or corporate.saavn.com.
 
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Twitter: @Saavn
Email:  press@saavn.com
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