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MWC 2013: Shazam passes 300m user milestone, updates iPad, Android tablet apps

Shazam was at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to unveil revamped version of its iPad and Android tablet apps.

The apps are getting a "completely redesigned home screen," as well as an improved layout for TV and music tag results, and a new way to browse what friends have tagged. The update will be available "in the coming weeks," Shazam said.

"This new version of Shazam optimizes discovery, engagement, transactions, and exploration in a tablet environment," Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher, said in a statement.

The new home screen features activity streams showing the songs and TV shows people are tagging, and what's most popular on Shazam at that moment. There's also a new interactive mapping feature that lets fans zoom into any city in the world to discover the most popular music in that location. Users can also more easily discover what their friends are into thanks to an improved Shazam Friends feature that lets users preview and comment on friends' tags.

The revamped apps also boast full-screen lyrics and "lightning fast tagging," for recognition in as little as one second. Sharing is also more streamlined, letting users post about what they found via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and email.

Finally, there's a new "automatic resubmission" feature for when users are in a poor network reception area. Users will no longer have to manually resubmit their tags if their service drops; the app will automatically post the tag when Internet service is available.

Along with the new version, Shazam also announced it has reached a new milestone — the app has surpassed 300 million users worldwide for the first time.

"The number of Shazam users and their level of engagement continue to grow rapidly," Fisher said. "We now have over 300 million Shazamers globally with an increasing proportion of whom use our app on their iPad or Android tablet devices to interact with television."