20 years of Apple’s Shazam service

Apple has announced the 20th anniversary of Shazam, the song-recognition service it acquired for $400 million in 2017. The eponymous company that created Shazam was founded in 1999 and went live in 2002. According to an Apple press release, Shazam officially surpassed 70 billion song recognitions this week. The platform is now an important part of pop culture, changing the way people interact with music by making it easy and convenient for everyone to identify songs. For more than 225 million monthly active users worldwide, “Shazam” means new discovery. To commemorate this milestone, Shazam has created a special playlist featuring Shazam’s most recognized songs in each of the past 20 years.

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