Apple Officially Closes On Shazam Acquisition

Apple announced it has completed its acquisition of Shazam, one of the world’s most popular and highly-rated music apps, used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Following the announcement on Monday (Sept. 24), the company plans to soon make Shazam’s music-recognizing abilities free to users by eliminating ads.

“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 favorite app for music fans everywhere,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music. “With a shared love of music and innovation, we are thrilled to bring our teams together to provide users even more great ways to discover, experience and enjoy music.”

Apple announced its intent to acquire Shazam in 2017. Shazam, which was founded in 1999, has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world, and users identify songs using the Shazam app over 20 million times each day, Apple reports.

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