Shazam pulls its official Windows 10 app

By: George Finley
2 minute read

Bad news for some Windows phone users that also enjoy the popular music discovery app Shazam. A while back, the company announced that the app would not be available anymore for Microsoft’s mobile platform. While this decision didn’t bode well with the users of said platform, there was nothing to be done about it.

What’s to happen to the popular app on Windows Mobile?

Now, the company is affirming its decision once more and taking the app off the market. Anyone that already has the Windows Mobile version of Shazam already installed on their device can continue to freely use it. However, those that uninstall it or haven’t already gotten it can pretty much say goodbye to the beloved app and the features it provides. Here’s what Shazam had to say on the matter:

“Effective Feb. 7, 2017, we are sunsetting Shazam for Windows. However, anyone who previously downloaded and installed Shazam for Windows on their phone can continue to use the app and access all features.”

Users have been reassured and questions have been put to rest

The Shazam developers have also answered some burning questions, clarifying the situation for already existing users of the app on Microsoft’s platform and reassuring them that they will still be able to use the app until it is uninstalled. Shazam for Windows Mobile was taken down on the 7th of February, so anyone that was thinking of giving it a try should know that it’s no longer an option.

So what led to this?

There is a debate among the members of the Windows Mobile community regarding the possible motives Shazam may have had for removing the app. The most popular theory, although currently unconfirmed by the company, is the implementation of Cortana. With the digital voice assistant Cortana entering the scene for Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, there’s no real need for an app like Shazam since Cortana can also detect music. Thus, the app maker is left with no choice than to take the app down. Recent numbers also support this theory as Cortana is taking away valuable user commitment from Shazam.

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