Buzzing: Apple buys music discovery app Shazam

Apple buys music discovery app Shazam

Apple on Monday confirmed it has bought Shazam, the music app that can identify a song by hearing just a snippet of it. The acquisition boosts Apple's position in the music world and advances its artificial intelligence efforts. It did not share further details about the agreement, but TechCrunch website reported that the deal is valued at US$400 million (S$540 million).

Shazam, launched in 1999, claims that at least one billion people have downloaded its app and used it to identify songs at least 30 billion times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 13, 2017, with the headline 'Buzzing: Apple buys music discovery app Shazam '. Print Edition | Subscribe