Tuesday , June 5 2018

Apple has confirmed they have purchased Shazam


This could be a wild ride, Apple has confirmed today that they have purchased audio identification service Shazam.

The deal has been confirmed, but the price hasn’t, though ReCode has placed a figure of $400 million USD on the deal.

No plans for what Apple has planned for the company, or whether they will continue to offer the app in both Google Play and the iOS app store, or if they will remove it. An Apple representative told The Verge:

We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today’s agreement.

With the launch of the Pixel 2 phones, Google showed what a neat feature a phone identifying ambient music around you could be with the Now Playing, an on-device music ID service that can, if switched on tell you on the lock-screen or in the notification panel what song is on the radio, or being played at an event. Apple could possibly be playing catch-up with the acquisition of Shazam, perhaps we’ll see something like this in the next iOS build.

Apple currently only offers one Android app: Apple Music, a subscription based music service, whether they’ll continue to let Android users access Shazam is another question. Still, if you need some music identified, there is always SoundHound, a similar service with (IMHO) just as good identification as Shazam and it has a freemium model with some ads that works just as well.

Via: The Verge.

Daniel Tyson   Editor

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

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2 comments

  1. The main reason I use Shazam is the watch app and support for complications so I can trigger sound search from my AW watch. Hopefully this doesn’t kill Shazam’s appeal for Android users; even Google hasn’t updated assistant to offer sound search through Wear.

  2. I dumped Shazam for Sound Search for Google Play a long time ago. You can even access your sound search history via Chrome. Simple home screen widget.

    Maybe Apple are buying Shazam to use its patents to stop everyone else having sound ident apps.

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