How Does Shazam Work

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Ever wonder how does Shazam work? Have a little read and to find out. Shazams technology is based by analysing a unique sonic fingerprint of a song and then processes it and matches the audio of a specific song. This is done via your phone to the huge music database in Shazams headquarters. When Shazam was launched back in 2002 the user had to dial a number on their phone to get access to the service, that’s crazy right. Even for our times that could sound futuristic. At that time Shazams had over a million songs in their database, so if you were lucky enough you had to wait around 15 seconds to get an answer from them by text message with the name of the song, great!

Today all it takes shazam to process your audio, analyze it in the huge database and give you an answer through their app is two seconds. Nowadays the app can even process remixes which is amazing giving at some cases you might have a single song that has over 10 remixes, and trying to find the exact one you are looking for might come tricky. Shazam was sold to Apple in 2016, when it first reported a profit, it was sold for $400m a year later. The idea Apple had behind this, is that user could be driven from the Shazam app to their streaming service Apple Music. Obvoiusly all the data would also give them tremendous insite to what the world was listening to, that could later be used smartly to create playsist and more.

Shazam has been pushing Apple Music to get a staggering 60 million subscriptions, putting the app in second place behind Spotify. A great feature that was only just realized is the Discovery Top 50 Playlist, which shows you the songs that are being searched around the world in a top list.

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