Perhaps you remember your very first use of the Shazam application, a tool that is both musical and magical, which allows you to discover information about a song that you are listening to, simply by letting the sound filter through the microphone of your smartphone. Music recognition software whose development started at the very end of the 90s in London, and which fell into the hands of the giant Apple at the end of 2017, for around 400 million dollars. This obviously does not prevent Shazam from being available today on Android, as on iOS.
Shazam, 20 years already!
In 2022, Shazam has decided to celebrate 20 years of its still popular tool, literally essential for anyone who wants to discover (and keep) information about the title being played at a party. In just a few seconds, Shazam manages to reveal the name of the song being played, as well as the artist, without forgetting to keep the data and allow the user to listen to his find immediately, via different platforms.
20 years of magic! From dialing “2580” to now, it’s hard to imagine a life without Shazam. When did you start using Shazam?! #Shazam20 pic.twitter.com/QRD5DMOPVp
—Shazam (@Shazam) August 19, 2022
On the occasion of its twentieth anniversary, Shazam therefore delivers some interesting information about its history. The opportunity to remember that the very first title to have been “shazame” is Jeepster from T.Rex, in April 2002 (via the beta version, a few weeks before the public launch). The first title to be analyzed more than 1000 times was Eminem’s Cleanin’Out My Closet. Finally, the song Somebody That I Used to Know was the first song to pass more than 10 million times between Shazam’s ears, while David Guetta is the first artist to have passed 100 million Shazams, in May 2015.
But the great champion of Shazam, the one whose titles have been the most “Shazamed” for 20 years, is the Canadian artist Drake, who has accumulated more than 350 million analyses, including 17 million for One Dance. On this subject, the most shazamé title in history is not signed Drake, but Tones and I with Dance Monkey, which displays more than 40 million searches.
Remember that when it was launched in August 2002, Shazam was offered as a music recognition service by messaging. “At the time, users could identify songs by dialing the number “2580” on their phone and holding it up while a song was playing. They then received an SMS indicating the title of the song and the name of the artist” explains the group. But that was before…