When the App Store was first founded a few years ago, it was overcrowded by a population of casual, enjoyable games with no other basis but to get the highest score possible; there really was no storyline, no development of characters or anything, but the fun lied rather within the actual gameplay itself. One of the games that existed and thrived in this former market, is Flight Control - becoming an instant hit and also a classic game that every iOS device owner undoubtedly owns, Firemint, the developers, have finally released a sequel to the acclaimed title that is every bit as worthwhile as its predecessor. Available for only $0.99, Flight Control Rocket took off just a few days ago, and it's rightfully rocketing up the charts.
Been there, certainly done that. The jump as high as you can, most familiarly seen in Doodle Jump, has become all too popular in terms of density in the app store. Right now, the genre can still be fun but only if developers anticipate what users will want to see
Last.fm is really handy for finding new music, and Shazam is great for finding information on that great song you just heard for the first time. Separately, they are essential for any music lover. Now they're becoming even better by joining forces and crossing functionality. Shazam has just updated both Shazam Encore [App Store, $4.99] and (SHAZAM)RED [App Store, $4.99] to incorporate features from Last.fm for songs you tag.
Shazam has announced that they are joining product (RED) with the release of (Shazam)RED [App Store, $4.99], which will donate 20% of the purchase price of the app (a little less than $1) of the proceeds to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As part of the (RED) brand family of products, it dons the (RED) logo, name, and color, joining the likes of Apple, Nike and others.
Shazam Entertainment today announced the availability of a paid version of their wildly successful Shazam application. For those who don't know, Shazam allows you to identify music as its playing using your iPhone or iPod touch's microphone. Shazam Encore [App Store, $4.99] includes several enhancements over the free version such as improved tagging speed, music recommendations, and search. One very cool new feature is the ability to see the top tracks being identified by Shazam.
The company also notes that they will continue to support the original free version of Shazam [App Store], although it will be limited to five tags per month. Current users of the free version will not have a limit.
Shazam [App Store] announced yesterday that new partnerships with record labels promise to increase their music database from 6 million tracks to 8 million. The application, which is the fourth most downloaded App Store app, picks up music over the iPhone's built-in speaker and identifies the artist name, song title, album title, artist bio and a purchase link.