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Shazam, the magical music identifying app, has turned 20. Here are some Shazam facts

At some point, you’ve probably used the (and as of September 2015, Apple-owned) Shazam app to identify a song. It’s remarkably quick and accurate. It was officially launched to the public 20 years ago this month. Now that Shazam passed that milestone, here are some facts (via Cult of Mac)

  • First song ever Shazamed: “Jeepster” by T-Rex on April 19, 2002 (a test Shazam)
  • Shazam started as a text service in the UK. Users dialed 2580 on their phones, held it up to listen to the song, and then got a text message answer. The most popular song Shazamed this way was “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley.
  • The first version of the Shazam app as we know it appeared in the Apple App Store on July 10, 2008. The first iOS-Shazamed song was “How Am I Different” by Aimee Mann.
  • Fastest song to reach one million Shazams: “Butter” by BTS.
  • Most-Shazamed artist: Drake with 350 million times and counting.
  • As it passes the two-decade milestone, the app has identified 70 billion songs.
  • The most-Shazamed alt-rock song: “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I. (Shazams’s definition of alt-rock may differ from ours.)

There’s plenty more at Cult of Mac.

Alan Cross

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One thought on “Shazam, the magical music identifying app, has turned 20. Here are some Shazam facts

  • This week, for the first time, I experienced being the first person to Shazam a specific song. A tune from from fanclubwallet.

    Love this app and the quick access to details like year of release and the album the song can be found on, etc.


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