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.