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Shazam

Shazam is an application developed by Shazam Entertainment Ltd. The application can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device. On 24 September 2018, Shazam Entertainment Ltd. was bought by Apple Inc.

Shazam is an application developed by Shazam Entertainment Ltd. The application can identify music, movies, advertising, and television shows, based on a short sample played and using the microphone on the device. On 24 September 2018, Shazam Entertainment Ltd. was bought by Apple Inc. The software is available for Android, macOS, iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Shazam Entertainment Limited was founded in 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang, and Dhiraj Mukherjee. In December 2013, according to its CEO, Shazam was one of the top ten most popular apps in the world. As of August 2014, the Shazam app had more than 100 million monthly active users and had been used on more than 500 million mobile devices. In October 2014, Shazam announced its technology has been used to identify 15 billion songs. In October 2016, Shazam announced its mobile apps have been downloaded more than 1 billion times, and users have performed more than 30 billion "Shazams" since launch. In December 2017, Apple Inc. announced it would be acquiring Shazam for a reported $400 million (£300 million). On 23 April 2018, the European Commission stated that it would be reviewing the acquisition. The European Commission approved the acquisition on 6 September 2018 and the acquisition was completed later that month on 24 September 2018.

Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world and is used over 20 million times every day. The app has been around since the beginnings of the App Store. The user holds up their phone, records a song playing nearby for a few seconds, and the track and artist information gets logged.

Apple confirmed it was buying Shazam and its development team for a reported $400 million December 2017. The acquisition was temporarily held up because of an investigation by the European Union, which scrutinized the deal over potential antitrust concerns. Regulators eventually approved the deal.

Apple successfully completed its acquisition of Shazam and Apple is going to make the iOS and Android apps ad-free.

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2018
Apple acquired Shazam

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June 20, 2021
The Indian Express
Shazam recently crossed a billion searches on the platform, also crossing 50 billion tags since the tool's inception.
Sarah Perez
June 19, 2021
TechCrunch
Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global consumer spend in 2020. Consumers last year also spent 3.5 trillion minutes using apps on Android devices [...]
Sarah Perez
June 8, 2021
TechCrunch
Apple in 2018 closed its $400 million acquisition of music recognition app Shazam. Now, it's bringing Shazam's audio recognition capabilities to app developers in the form of the new ShazamKit. The new framework will allow app developers -- including those on both Apple platforms and Android -- to build apps that can identify music from Shazam's [...]
Jennifer Still
May 3, 2021
Business Insider
You can add music to your Instagram Story in the app or through Spotify, SoundCloud, and Shazam.
Sarah Saril
February 8, 2021
Business Insider
Now through March 31, you can get a free five-month trial of Apple Music by using Shazam. Here's how to get the offer.
Abigail Abesamis Demarest
January 20, 2021
Business Insider
Shazam is an app that can identify music and TV shows by listening to a short sample of their audio.
Vivian McCall
January 20, 2021
Business Insider
You can connect Shazam to your Spotify account to easily add your Shazam-discovered songs to a playlist.
Jason Cross
December 14, 2020
Macworld
The new Shazam interface is a big improvement and more closely resembles other Apple apps.
Kris Holt
December 14, 2020
Engadget
The browser tool is in beta and available only on macOS and Chrome OS.
December 1, 2020
The Indian Express
Apple is giving a five-month free Apple Music subscription and this offer will last until January 17, 2021. Read on to know more about it.
Holden Walter-Warner
November 24, 2020
Digital Trends
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November 21, 2020
The Indian Express
Here's how you can identify music using your iPhone in a few simple steps.
Michael Simon
November 20, 2020
Macworld
Shazam is finally accessible at a tap.
By Mark Savage
November 17, 2020
BBC News
Fans have used the app to identify hits by Sia, Ed Sheeran and Tones and I - but who came out on top?
Chris Hoffman
November 6, 2020
How-To Geek
Hey, what's that song? Your iPhone can listen to any song playing nearby and tell you. You don't need any apps--multiple song identification tools are built right into your iPhone. Apple even purchased Shazam, a popular music recognition app.
Justin Duino
November 5, 2020
How-To Geek
Apple acquired Shazam, a service that listens to and identities music playing around you, in 2018. Although it's still a standalone app, Apple has integrated its music recognition feature into the iPhone and iPad. Here's how to add a Shazam button to your device's Control Center.
Karissa Bell
November 5, 2020
Engadget
The iOS 14.2 update brings Shazam into Control Center, new AirPlay 2 controls, intercom support for HomePod and more than 100 new emoji.
Michael Simon
December 26, 2019
Macworld
From useful utilities to handy archivers and transcoders, here are 30 free yet powerful macOS apps you can download today.
Michael Simon
December 20, 2019
Macworld
Santa arrives early for music lovers.
Jordan Minor
November 14, 2019
Geek.com
One of the year's biggest surprises for superhero movies has been Shazam! The latest shockingly great entry in DC's recovering cinematic universe did a pretty perfect job on delivering the enjoyable adolescent power ...
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