Apple has confirmed that it has purchased Shazam for around $400 million, as a part of its bigger ambitions in the online music industry business.
Apple’s press release stated that Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world in addition to being used over 20 million times every day.
Shazam won over users with its simple, efficient design — you hold your phone up and press the Shazam icon, let it listen to a song play for a few seconds and it recognizes the track being played.
That song that’s been giving you deja vu for quite some time now has a name and its artist has also been recognized for you.
Shazam first launched in 2002, when it was called 2580. 2580 are the digits that make up the middle line of an old-fashioned phone’s keypad. You dial 2580, hold your handset up to the song that’s being played. The phone disconnects after 30 seconds and you get a notification with the song name and artist a few minutes later.
The smartphone app debuted in 2008 with the launch of the app store on the iPhone.
Apple’s press release stated that the app will now offer iPhone users an ad-free experience.
Does this mean it’s the end of Shazam for Android users? There’s no news regarding this as yet.