Apple was ready to buy the Shazam music recognition service since last year when the company made the first attempt. Today the Cupertino giant has announced that it has completed the acquisition. It also said that the app will soon be ad-free for all users, instead of the $2.99 previously charged for ad-free experience.
Shazam currently has over 1 Billion app downloads and specializes in recognizing music clips from its large database. It also provides more information to users about the music and the artists and also capable of redirecting users to other sites where you can download and listen to the music.
Though Apple didn’t disclose the value of the acquisition, earlier reports said that it could be $400 million. It is noteworthy that Android version of Shazam for Android devices will not be killed or discontinued.
Oliver Schusser, Vice President of Apple Music, said:
“Apple and Shazam have a really long history.Shazam was the first application to be available immediately after the App Store. Within a few months, it has become a clear choice for millions of users. In addition, both sides share the same love for music and innovation, so we have decided to unite forces and go a common path to improving our services. “