Apple celebrates the 20th anniversary of Shazam on Apple devices


The “most Shazamed song” for each year over the previous 20 years is being examined by Apple as part of a celebration of Shazam’s 20th birthday.

Shazam’s fortunes changed once the iPhone manufacturer bought it in 2017, and by 2021, it will have recognized one billion songs monthly.

Shazam officially reached 70 billion song accreditations as of the week of August 15 and has more than 225 million monthly users worldwide, according to Apple.

The song with the most recognition requests every year since 2002 is listed on an Apple Music playlist that was made to celebrate Shazam’s 20th birthday. That covers everything from Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” to Masked Wolf’s “Astronaut in the Ocean.”

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“It’s a big honor for me as an artist that people pulled out their phones and Shazammed my music all across the world,” said Masked Wolf. “If you see the Shazam metrics changing, you’ll know you’ve got something special.”

Additionally, Apple lists some significant events in Shazam’s past. “Jeepster” by T. Rex was the first song to be Shazammed in 2002. How Am I Different by Aimee Mann was the first well-known song on the iOS app in 2008.

The first song to receive one million Shazams was “TiK ToK” by Kesha, while “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye feat. The first artist with 10 million song views was Kimbra. In 2009 and 2011, Lil Wayne was the first artist to reach 1 million and 10 million Shazams, respectively.

Shazam was first introduced in 2002 as a text message service that allowed users to identify songs by calling a number and holding up their phones near the music. Twenty years later, the software is still a crucial tool for song identification and music discovery.

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