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How to View Shazam Music Recognition History on iPhone and iPad

Monday July 11, 2022 9:19 am PDT by
In iOS 14.2 and later, Apple includes a Shazam Music Recognition feature for the Control Center, giving iPhone and iPad users a quick and easy way to identify what music is playing without them having to download the Shazam app. Music Recognition can be added to Control Center in the Settings app under the Control Center menu. From there, scroll down and tap the + button next to the Music...

How to Use Shazam on iPhone and iPad Without Downloading the App

Friday May 6, 2022 8:58 am PDT by
In iOS 14.2 and later, Apple includes a new Shazam Music Recognition toggle for the Control Center, giving iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users a quick and easy way to identify what music is playing without them having to download the Shazam app. This article explains how it works and how to enable it. For those unfamiliar with Shazam, it's designed to listen for music that's playing,...

How to Link Shazam to Your Spotify Account

Wednesday January 20, 2021 1:35 am PST by
Shazam is an Apple-owned popular service that can identify the names and lyrics of songs, music videos, TV shows, and more, simply by listening to and deciphering whatever is playing. After you've identified songs in the Shazam app by pressing the big Shazam button, you can use streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music to listen to them. In this article, we're going to show you how to ...

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Apple Adds Search to Shazam App, Makes Forgotten Shazam Encore App Free to Download

Thursday February 13, 2020 10:17 am PST by
Apple today updated song identification app Shazam with a new feature that allows users to search for content. The refreshed version of the app features a new Search button right on the Home screen that can be used to look up any artist, song, or song lyric. Got a song on your mind? You can now tap the new Search button on the home screen to search for any artist or song. Can't remember the ...

Apple-Owned Shazam Updated With Dark Mode Ahead of iOS 13 Launch

Wednesday September 18, 2019 11:33 am PDT by
Shazam, the song discovery app owned by Apple, was today updated to add Dark Mode support ahead of tomorrow's iOS 13 launch. Following the update, Shazam will be displayed in ‌Dark Mode‌ whenever ‌Dark Mode‌ on an iPhone is enabled. Shazam in Light Mode on left, ‌Dark Mode‌ on right Today's Shazam update also allows users to long press on any track in the app to add it to a favorite...
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Apple Music Debuts New 'Shazam Discovery' Playlist, Updated With Emerging Tracks Every Tuesday

Tuesday August 20, 2019 8:21 am PDT by
Apple Music today launched an all-new playlist of emerging songs that are receiving the most shazams around the world, called the "Shazam Discovery Top 50." The playlist will be updated every Tuesday with a new ranking (via Variety). Shazam Discovery Top 50 will be focused on up-and-coming songs from breaking artists, so well-known musicians won't be as prevalent in the playlist. ‌Apple Music‌...
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Shazam Updates iOS App With Date and Time Listings of Songs You've Shazamed Over the Years

Thursday March 14, 2019 10:30 am PDT by
Shazam this week updated to version 12.10, introducing a new feature that adds time and date information for every Shazam you take in the My Shazam section of the app. With this small change, you can scroll back through your history of Shazams and see when exactly you listened to each song, as far back as the release of iOS 7 in 2013. To see the new feature, make sure your Shazam app is...
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Apple-Owned Shazam App for iOS Drops Third-Party SDKs in Latest Update

Wednesday February 20, 2019 3:31 pm PST by
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,...
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Shazam App is Now Ad-Free Following Apple Acquisition

Monday December 17, 2018 5:57 am PST by
Two and a half months after Apple announced the completion of its Shazam acquisition, the music recognition iOS app is now completely ad-free [Direct Link]. Previously, Shazam would present users with various border advertisements throughout the app, similar to most other ad-supported iOS apps, but as long as you are on version 12.5.1 you will no longer see any ads in Shazam. The app still...
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Shazam Informing Users About Apple Acquisition, Account Data Now Aligned With Apple's Privacy Policy

Thursday October 25, 2018 9:08 am PDT by
Nearly one year after Apple announced its acquisition of music recognition service Shazam, and one month since the acquisition was completed, Shazam has now begun informing users of Apple's plans with their data (via iGeneration). You can see the new splash screen if you have a Shazam account and open up the app. If you've created a Shazam account in the past, which allows you to share Shazams ...
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Apple Completes Shazam Acquisition, App Will Soon Become Ad-Free

Monday September 24, 2018 9:19 am PDT by
Apple today announced it has completed its acquisition of music recognition service Shazam, after reaching a preliminary agreement in December. Apple says the Shazam app will soon become ad-free for all users. Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music:Apple and Shazam have a long history together. Shazam was one of the first apps available when we launched the App Store and has become a ...
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European Regulators Approve Apple's Acquisition of Shazam

Thursday September 6, 2018 7:50 am PDT by
The European Commission today announced it has approved Apple's proposed acquisition of music recognition service Shazam. "After thoroughly analyzing Shazam's user and music data, we found that their acquisition by Apple would not reduce competition in the digital music streaming market," said Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition. The regulatory body concluded that...
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European Regulators Concerned Apple's Proposed Shazam Acquisition Could Hurt Competitors Like Spotify

Monday April 23, 2018 9:51 am PDT by
The European Commission today announced it has opened an in-depth investigation into Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam. The regulators are concerned that the merger could reduce choice for users of streaming music services in Europe. In particular, they believe that Apple could gain access to sensitive data that could allow Apple to directly target its competitors' customers and...
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European Regulators Set April 23 Deadline to Decide on Apple's Proposed Shazam Acquisition

Thursday March 15, 2018 5:41 am PDT by
The European Commission today announced it has set a provisional deadline of April 23 to decide on Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam. Last month, the regulatory body said it would consider whether Apple's purchase of the popular music identification service may lead to a significant adverse effect on competition in Europe, after Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Sweden ...

Shazam for iOS Gains Revamped Interface, Real-Time Lyric Syncing Feature

Thursday February 15, 2018 2:58 pm PST by
Shazam, which Apple is in the process of acquiring, was today updated to version 11.7.0, introducing several major new features. When a song is Shazamed, the result is now displayed with the song's name and an image of the performing artist, rather than the previous cluttered interface with large links to YouTube, Apple Music, and more. You can access additional information on a Shazamed...
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European Regulators to Review if Apple Acquiring Shazam Will Significantly Hurt Competition

Tuesday February 6, 2018 9:30 am PST by
The European Commission today announced it has accepted requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Sweden to assess Apple's proposed acquisition of Shazam. The agreement is still pending approval. The regulatory body will consider whether the transaction may lead to a significant adverse effect on competition in Europe:On the basis of the elements submitted by Austria...
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Shazam Updates iOS App With Offline Mode

Tuesday December 19, 2017 9:41 am PST by
Shazam today updated its iOS app [Direct Link] with a new way to save song snippets when your iPhone or iPad is offline, automatically identifying them once your device is back online. To try out the new feature, place your iOS device into Airplane Mode, open Shazam, tap the central button to start listening for a song that's playing, and then the app will prompt you with a message saying the...
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Apple Acquiring Shazam and Says 'Exciting Plans' Are Ahead

Monday December 11, 2017 9:01 am PST by
Apple today announced it has agreed to acquire music recognition service Shazam, marking the company's highest-profile purchase since it acquired headphone maker Beats for $3 billion in May 2014. Apple did not disclose financial terms this time, but when TechCrunch broke news of the acquisition plans last week, one of its sources said the deal could be worth around $400 million. Shazam was valu...

Apple May Acquire Music Recognition Service Shazam

Friday December 8, 2017 12:58 pm PST by
Apple may be planning to acquire music recognition service Shazam, reports TechCrunch, which would be one of the most high-profile acquisitions Apple has made since it purchased Beats in 2014. Shazam is a well-known music service that uses machine learning techniques to identify short audio clips from songs, television shows, and more. Shazam operates a standalone app for iOS, macOS, and...

Shazam Debuts Redesigned Apple Watch App That Identifies Songs Faster

Tuesday September 26, 2017 6:06 pm PDT by
Shazam, the service designed to listen to music and identify lyrics, today updated its iOS app with support for iOS 11 and watchOS 4. The update includes an entirely revamped version of the Shazam Apple Watch app, with a new look and feel and some impressive speed improvements. Shazam for Apple Watch is able to identify songs much more quickly, and there's a new more convenient feature...
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Snapchat Gains Shazam Integration, Group Chats, and Sticker Creation

Tuesday December 13, 2016 8:06 am PST by
Snapchat has gained Shazam's music recognizing abilities in its camera screen, which Shazam says is an even easier way to discover new songs and send each one to friends as Snaps. To use the new feature, all users have to do is press and hold anywhere on the Snapchat camera screen when music is playing nearby to begin the Shazam process. From there they can dig deeper into more info about the...
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Shazam Backtracking After Mac App Discovered to Retain Microphone Access Even When Toggled Off

Tuesday November 15, 2016 6:22 am PST by
Music-recognizing app Shazam retains access to the Mac's microphone, keeping it in a constant on state, even when Shazam has been turned off. The potentially worrisome feature was discovered by security researcher Patrick Wardle, who developed an app called "OverSight" to warn users of when other apps are using their webcam and microphone. After its launch, one OverSight user contacted Wardle and ...
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Shazam Update Brings Support for Music Detection Within Messages

Wednesday October 5, 2016 10:40 am PDT by
Popular music-detecting app Shazam today rolled out an update that adds support for the service within Messages, so users can send new artist and song discoveries directly to friends and family members. To use Shazam in Messages, make sure the app is updated to version 10.1.0, then open Messages, navigate to the contact you want to send a song to, and tap the App icon to the left of the...