Apple-Owned Shazam App for iOS Drops Third-Party SDKs in Latest Update

Shazam, the song discovery app that's now owned by Apple, received a minor bug fix update last week, which, according to AppFigures, removes all third-party SDKs.

Shazam for iOS is no longer using ad networks, analytics trackers, or open-source utilities that had the potential to provide app usage data to third-party companies.


Admob, Bolts, Doubleclick, FB Ads, FB Analytics, FB login, Inmobi, IAS, Moat, and Mopub SDKS were all eliminated in the update. The only third-party SDK still in the Shazam iOS app is HockeyApp, which is a Microsoft testing app similar to TestFlight.

Multiple third-party SDKs were also uninstalled on Android, though some services remain in place.

Following the completion of its acquisition of Shazam in September, Apple pulled ads from the app and made it ad free. Prior to Apple's purchase of Shazam, the app featured several advertisements.

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8 months ago
I wish Apple made it mandatory for apps to disclose all of the ad/tracking services that are in them. Had no idea Shazam was that loaded but not surprised
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8 months ago
Good. As expected.
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8 months ago
Because there is good in them, I've felt it.
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8 months ago
Am I seeing this right - a notable drop in app size? Used to be 100MB now 59MB?
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8 months ago

Shazam Imagine Dragons.

Immediately throw iPhone in trash.

Ok mate..
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8 months ago

I wish Apple made it mandatory for apps to disclose all of the ad/tracking services that are in them. Had no idea Shazam was that loaded but not surprised

Oh yeah they’re awful. Apple itself presents a bare minimum invasion of our privacy but you have to understand everything we do is out there anyway, already fully assimilated and collated and packaged to sell by data brokers in the countries that permit this.

Our US carriers alone have trafficked in information about our location and some of our habits. But to me, it’s what is on simple public records that is more than enough “TMI”. It’s invasive financial information and includes in the US all the homes you’ve ever lived at and with whom and what you paid and tax information. Compared to that, who cares what I listen to or what brand of socks I buy. It’s very depressing.
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8 months ago

Hmmm. Is SoundHound still better tho?

Was it ever? Maybe it could find certain songs that Shazam didnt, but those were very few.

Am I seeing this right - a notable drop in app size? Used to be 100MB now 59MB?

Thank god. Before Shazam was bought by apple their app sucked soooo bad. It was laggy and it ate a lot of space for god knows what kind of tracking bullcrap.
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8 months ago

I thought they removed this too! But it’s still there I figured out you have to click the name of the song (you used to be able to click anywhere on this panel but they did change that)

Shazam Imagine Dragons.

Immediately throw iPhone in trash.
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8 months ago

Apple, please bring back date time details about each discovery, maybe add street address to it.

I thought they removed this too! But it’s still there I figured out you have to click the name of the song (you used to be able to click anywhere on this panel but they did change that)



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8 months ago

Apple, please bring back date time details about each discovery, maybe add street address to it.

Can't see them doing that, but if you let Shazam automatically add tracks to a "My Shazam Tracks" Apple Music playlist the playlist will keep note of the exact time and date when it was added.
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