Shazam hits 1 billion song matches per month
Shazam has taken an important step. According to Apple, the song recognition app has topped one billion song matches per month, bringing its total to 50 billion tags since its inception in 2002.
Since Shazam began as a text messaging service, its number of song matches per month has grown steadily, reaching exponential highs in 2008 when it launched on the Apple App Store. Shazam hit 1 billion total tags in 2012, and has now hit the same rate per month less than 10 years after reaching that milestone.
“Shazam is all about magic,” Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and Beats, said in a statement. “Both for fans who get song recognition almost instantly, and for artists who are discovered. With 1 billion recognitions per 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 exploring music across the world.
The song that helped Shazam break through the 50 billion mark was Evangeline’s Mandopop song “框 不住 的 愛 (不 插 電 版)”. So far, Tones and I’s “Dance Monkey” is the most Shazamed track of all time, and the first song to be Shazamed was T. Rex’s “Jeepster”.
Shazam’s song recognition process is designed with user privacy in mind, creating a digital fingerprint of the audio and comparing it to a database of millions of songs. The raw audio is not sent to Apple, which ensures that the process is secure. Besides its song recognition capabilities, Shazam also allows users to interact and share audio content across devices and media.