1 billion songs recognised on Shazam each month

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Apple-owned Shazam has now been used to tag 50 billion songs since launch.

Shazam, the song recognition tool, has just reported passing a milestone of 50 billion songs tagged using the app since launch.

An average total of 1 billion songs are now being Shazamed per month on average. Shazam first launched as an app in 2008, having started out life as a text messaging service back in 2002.

Since Apple acquired Shazam in 2018 it has been integrating its technology into the platform. Asking “Hey Siri, what’s this song?” is powered by Shazam, and a Shazam panel can be added onto the Control Centre.

Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, said: “Shazam is synonymous with magic both for the fans getting a song recognition almost instantly, and for the artists being discovered. With 1 billion recognitions a month, Shazam is one of the most popular music apps in the world. Today’s milestones show not only people’s love for Shazam, but also the ever-growing appetite for music discovery around the world.”

Apple also noted that the most Shazamed track ever is still “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I.

Want to make your newly released music scannable by Shazam? The song recognition app is part of the Apple Music network – so if you’re an artist uploading music through RouteNote, just make sure you select Apple Music to automatically get your song on Shazam ready to be searched for by curious ears across the world.  


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