Apple-owned Shazam marks a billion searches and 50 billion tags

Apple-owned Shazam marks a billion searches and 50 billion tags

The app recently disclosed plans to launch Shazamkit, a new platform that allows developers to integrate its audio technology into their app

Apple’s music recognition platform, Shazam has successfully surpassed the 1 billion Shazams (searches) and 50 billion tags milestone. The platform, which was first launched as a text message service in 2002, was acquired by Apple for USD 400 million in 2018. Since then, it has been witnessing momentous growth year by year.

According to Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music and Beats, “Shazam is one of the most popular music apps in the world, with 1 billion recognitions every month. The app is beneficial for both for musicians for being discovered and fans receiving a song recognition almost instantly. The recently achieved milestone not only demonstrates people’s affection for Shazam but also the rising demand for music discovery worldwide.”

The platform took 10 years to reach its first billion tags. It has now surpassed monthly recognitions of a billion and has successfully combined over 50 billion tags with over 51 million songs in less than a decade. “Jeepster” by T. Rex was the first ever Shazam result. While Evangeline’s Mandopop song “Unplugged Version.” was the 50 billionth Shazamed song and Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” is presently the most Shazamed song of all time.

Recently, Shazamkit, a new platform that allows developers to integrate Shazam’s audio technology into their apps, has been launched by the app. It allows the apps to recognize Shazam's extensive music library and match any pre-taped audio to custom outcomes created by developers.

This tool can be utilized for virtual learning, by simply triggering synchronized activities in student apps as content streams across video conferencing. As per a report, ShazamKit is expected to be released by the end of this year.