Apple buys music app Shazam

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APPLE HAS ANNOUNCED that its $400m acquisition of music discovery service Shazam is complete. Apple said that the app has always been one of the favourites and was in fact one of the first apps to be available on the App Store.

Apple has today completed its purchase of music-identification app Shazam after lengthy investigation by the European Union - and there's good news for anyone who uses it.

Previous year in December, Apple had confirmed that it is acquiring Shazam and the company has now announced that it has completed the acquisition of the music recognition app. It seems likely that when the app goes ad free, all app activity will be directly to Apple Music and iTunes. It listens to a fragment of the music and matches it to the millions of songs in its database. The company will soon make Shazam's experience ad-free for all users.

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Shazam has agreed to a takeover by Apple for a reported $400 million. With its unique design, the app enables users to identify, discover and share content ranging from songs to videos.

Shazam, founded in 2002, allows users to identify songs by pointing a smartphone or tablet at speakers playing music.

Shazam was one of the first app sensations in the era of the smartphone. That might scare off some Shazam users who enjoy the egalitarian-ness of the platform, but it could also drum up even more Apple Music users while reducing traffic to the competition.

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Since then application, Shazam has already been downloaded by over one billion users around the world.

Shazam for iPhone came in July 2008.

Shazam is also available on Android-based devices, but Apple did not say whether it would keep the Android version available.

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