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Shazam Encore is FREE from Amazon, Ad-free Angry Birds Also Available

We’re still trying to decide if the Amazon Appstore is necessary or not, but if they keep pumping out free apps each day that normally cost $5, we aren’t about to start complaining about it.  They have already featured Angry Birds Rio and Doodle Jump, but today’s offer of Shazam Encore is something to note.  The app runs for around $5 on both the Android Market and Amazon store, giving you unlimited tags of songs along with LastFM and Pandora support.  We might have to start featuring each app of the day in the sidebar or something – wouldn’t want anyone to miss out.

And on a semi-related note, you can find ad-free versions Angry Birds and Angry Birds Seasons over at the Amazon Appstore for $.99 a piece.  One of the major complaints about the free versions of these games has been the amount of lag experienced when ads appear.  Well, it looks like you can now defeat that problem with a dollar or two.

Shazam Encore | Angry Birds | Angry Birds Seasons

Cheers Tim, Mike and 4n1m4l!

  • Yopete525

    Is anyone else having an issue with the widget? I get a black box that says “Problem Loading Widget,” I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling Shazam with no luck. Running CM7 RC2 on an Incredible.

  • Anonymous

    Why waste money on Amazon when the same apps are free on the regular driod market place?

  • Anonymous

    Well done Amazon!

  • MikeC

    Free Angry Birds Rio and now Shazam Encore, thanks Amazon!

  • Scott H

    Anyone know how updates work with Apps downloaded from Amazon? The Android Market shows an update for Doodle Jump (dl’d for free yesterday), but it wants me to buy it not just update it. However, I see no mention of an available update in the Amazon App Store. (maybe it has only been posted to Android?)

    So do we have to update everything we originally got via Amazon through the Amazon App Store only? Today that’s not a big deal since I only have two apps, but as I get a few more and don’t remember what I got where that might become a PITA…

    Can we call the Amazon App Store AAS for short? :D

  • Kidheated

    The free apps are great but do be careful. I was about to download AB Rio (when my better judgement kicked in) and I found myself reading the reviews (force of habit). While skimming through I saw a review that made me think twice and not about the app, but the app store, itself. When you download the Amazon App Store app it makes you sign into your amazon account to use it. Once this is done it is not possible to sign-out. You are permanently logged-in, unless you go to your account profile on the actual amazon website and de-register your phone. If you do de-register, any app you downloaded (free or otherwise) will be un-usable on your mobile device. You must be signed-in to the app store in order to use any and all apps. Just a word of caution to all my fellow android addicts.

  • Rw-1

    I have to admit, I was going to just install Rio and call it a day, when done with RIO, uninstall both.

    But yes, these free app offerings are nice, are they not?

    Let’s you grab one you might have been wanting to try, but not pay $5 for.
    (Yeah, I’m cheap these days- Blame the Obama Economy …)

    The question is whether or not you have to buy them again if you uninstall / reinstall the app store on your phone, or onto another phone (in the case of a phone upgrade). Anyone try that?

    • Luis7955

      It does let you install the application for free. I downloaded angry birds Rio on my droid x then on my Thunderbolt at a later date for free.

  • Quackk720

    i dont understand how they are giving away all these free apps but whatever, im happy. haha

  • WormDoes

    why do I have to update my payment method when trying to d/l shazzam????

    • Flyinion

      I’m thinking because it’s technically a paid app, they’re just giving you a discount equal to the purchase price on it. They’re basically subsidizing the app in order to get people to come visit the market and potentially buy stuff. I think that’s also how they’ll make it so people that got it for free vs. paid will both get updates. It’s probably the same app, was bought in each situation, the difference being Amazon paid for it in one vs. the user paying for it in the other.

  • http://twitter.com/ocdtrekkie Jake Weisz

    I’ve picked up Angry Birds Rio and Shazam Encore off Amazon, but I won’t pay Amazon for apps, I want all my paid apps through the Market. It’s likely the Ad-Free Angry Birds will be on the market soonish, and I’ll wait for them. I may even buy the proper versions of Rio and Shazam on the Market at some point just to support the devs and get them disconnected from Amazon.

    Amazon’s offering is nice, but I loves my Google.

  • Nospam

    Or you could root your phone and disable ads….

  • Anonymous

    Amazon Appstore is “WINNING”
    Android devices are “WINNING”

    The world is a better place..

    • http://twitter.com/Skitz_Marz Alex Gandero

      bi-winning?

      • MikeC

        Ewwww.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    two words! SOUND HOUND!!! after i started using it, shazam became literal crap.

    • Jeremy

      Sound hound is ok but i found if i tried to tag a song that wasn’t a hit single played on the radio all the time it didn’t find it. While with Shazam its rare ive ever come across a song it didn’t know.

  • Anonymous

    The only reason i havent did the amazon app store thing is that it ask for a credit card #, do u guys think i should not be bugged by that?

    • droydhead

      i used my old verizon rebate card with like $1 on it.. worked perfect. :)

    • Anonymous

      if you don’t have an amazon account or don’t plan on buying much you could use a prepaid visa card or something similiar. Not saying it’s 100% safe but it’s based off amazon so I’m trusting it for now.

  • Anonymous

    Never have I been so wrong than I was about Amazon’s appstore. Even if you absolutely despise it, getting legal free apps is worth something. It also puts the Market to shame in looks and search. It is a little slow, but other than that I have no complaints.

  • Anonymous

    I was going to buy this yesterday but I said maybe one day Amazon will have it free, today was a good day

  • Anonymous

    “Amazon appstore is not yet available in your region.”

    Canada? Seriously!?

    • Mike

      Now whats this all aboot? ehh?

      • Anonymous

        I can’t shazam songs while sitting in my igloo and petting my pet beaver. Just because I’m in Canada! That’s discrimination, isn’t it?

      • MikeC

        Bring me a beer, eh :D Great White North lol

  • Anonymous

    they have free doodle jump, angry birds rio, and gun bros too. You gotta love them free apps that normally cost money

  • Anonymous

    they have free doodle jump, angry birds rio, and gun bros too. You gotta love them free apps that normally cost money

    • Anonymous

      No, because no matter how free it is, I’m not allowed to have it, because I’m Canadian.

      • Salsa_33

        Why is your bacon round, eh?

        • Anonymous

          Why isn’t yours?

      • Anonymous

        if you live near the border got to a place with free wifi like a cafe or something in the US get a $5 prepaid visa or something and then set up an amazon account there and get the free apps… :)

        • Anonymous

          Technically, 90% of the entire Canadian population lives near the US border. But I’m too lazy to drive down from Toronto, I’d rather just pay another $5 an get a proxy server in the states.

  • Anonymous

    As long as there are free “paid apps”. I’ll buy into the Amazon appstore.

  • Greg

    I Just wonder how they will act when an app needs to be updated…especially if you got the app on the day it was the free app of the day…

  • Anonymous

    So far I’m really enjoying the Amazon market and the free apps it’s providing.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    of course they are doing this, it is great marketing move for being late to the game & more importantly, it allows them to collect user data since you must make an account

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know what the new Amazon store update brings?

  • Rickkane

    AYEEEE!!! Also when it comes to ads, just flash rubix 2.0 and run the ad blocking script! $2 saved! Woohoo, it’s a good day.

    • Anonymous

      As long as the phone is rooted, there is an app called AdFree. I use it and didn’t know there was ads in Angry Birds until my brother show me on his phone.

      • Rickkane

        The runic rom has a script to block or allow ads. I didn’t know birds had ads either til I played on my gf’s phone. Lol.

        • Rickkane

          Sorry, Rubix. Damn phone spell checked me.

    • Anonymous

      As long as the phone is rooted, there is an app called AdFree. I use it and didn’t know there was ads in Angry Birds until my brother show me on his phone.

  • Rizzidy

    AmazonOS is coming next year.

    • Mr.Joe

      I’d get that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mobrienjr Michael OBrien

    a few days ago I was able to get WSOP app that is normally $5 for free….so yeah, I think it would be smart to announce all of the free apps. +1 for amazon

    • eric

      I got mine too….I check Amazon every night at midnight now to see what the free pay app of the day will be, then i go to bed :)

  • Anonymous

    Shazamazon!

    Dr. Droid said, “We might have to start featuring each app of the day in the sidebar or something…” I second the motion. All in favor…

    • DroidzFX

      say ” I ” or ” aye “

      • Anonymous

        Well like this post for I

      • Anonymous

        Or like this for AYE

  • Anonymous

    Loving the free apps. Thanks, Amazon. :)

  • goblueboy

    the amazon market is the google market done right

    • Tim242

      It just seems better because they only have 3,800 apps. When it gets to 200,000+, it will be every bit as cluttered as the Market.

  • ScottK

    Will it delete over all of my Angry Birds progress?

    • Gino

      Good question.. Anyone know? It is technically a different build of the game…

      • Mike

        It shouldn’t. But you should back up with Titanium back up just in case.

        or just root your phone and add an Ad Block. Boom ads gone… on everything.

        • Angryunibrow

          Recommend an Ad Blocker to use?

          • Mr Josh Zombie

            adfree

          • Mr Josh Zombie

            adfree

          • Mike

            Search “Adfree” on the android market (if youre rooted). I used to use that one. But now I am on Liberty ROM which has a built in Ad blocker. So no need for it anymore.

          • Mike

            Search “Adfree” on the android market (if youre rooted). I used to use that one. But now I am on Liberty ROM which has a built in Ad blocker. So no need for it anymore.

        • ScottK

          Now if I could just get up the guts to root my phone.

    • Anonymous

      Just get that angry bird backup app. That should do it.

      • Anonymous

        Wait… what? Ok, I didn’t know about this. This is awesome. Which one do you use? There are several out there and they look kinda sketchy. I don’t want some angry birds app stealing my identity or something.

    • Angryunibrow

      It will NOT. Your progress will be intact after the Amazon .99 purchase.

    • Anonymous

      Nope. Similar to updating an app, it applies the changes without erasing your user data.

    • Bob

      It didn’t for me. I had the ad-based version installed from Android Market, and then installed the ad-free version from Amazon AppStore, and it treated it as an upgrade, replacing the ad-based Android Market version and maintaining all my progress.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

      Another question: What happens to my apps if I do a factory reset (for romming)