Apple-Owned Shazam App for iOS Drops Third-Party SDKs in Latest Update

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    Shazam, the song discovery app that's now owned by Apple, received a minor bug fix update last week, which, according to AppFigures, removes all third-party SDKs.

    Shazam for iOS is no longer using ad networks, analytics trackers, or open-source utilities that had the potential to provide app usage data to third-party companies.

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    Admob, Bolts, Doubleclick, FB Ads, FB Analytics, FB login, Inmobi, IAS, Moat, and Mopub SDKS were all eliminated in the update. The only third-party SDK still in the Shazam iOS app is HockeyApp, which is a Microsoft testing app similar to TestFlight.

    Multiple third-party SDKs were also uninstalled on Android, though some services remain in place.

    Following the completion of its acquisition of Shazam in September, Apple pulled ads from the app and made it ad free. Prior to Apple's purchase of Shazam, the app featured several advertisements.

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  2. Scooz macrumors 6502

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  3. vicviper789 macrumors regular

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    I wish Apple made it mandatory for apps to disclose all of the ad/tracking services that are in them. Had no idea Shazam was that loaded but not surprised
     
  4. freezah macrumors member

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    Apple, please bring back date time details about each discovery, maybe add street address to it.
     
  5. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    Oh yeah they’re awful. Apple itself presents a bare minimum invasion of our privacy but you have to understand everything we do is out there anyway, already fully assimilated and collated and packaged to sell by data brokers in the countries that permit this.

    Our US carriers alone have trafficked in information about our location and some of our habits. But to me, it’s what is on simple public records that is more than enough “TMI”. It’s invasive financial information and includes in the US all the homes you’ve ever lived at and with whom and what you paid and tax information. Compared to that, who cares what I listen to or what brand of socks I buy. It’s very depressing.
     
  6. ikramerica macrumors 6502

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    Now next iOS should provide built in VPN support with VPNs provided by Apple, with the option to set “always” for wifi, always for all, or to designate home/trusted wifi networks where you dont need it.
     
  7. lunarworks macrumors 68000

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    Can't see them doing that, but if you let Shazam automatically add tracks to a "My Shazam Tracks" Apple Music playlist the playlist will keep note of the exact time and date when it was added.
     
  8. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    just a reminder to all, that there's no such thing as a free app. If you didn't pay for it (and probably if you did too) you're more likely than not being tracked.
     
  9. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502

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    I thought they removed this too! But it’s still there I figured out you have to click the name of the song (you used to be able to click anywhere on this panel but they did change that)

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  10. lunarworks macrumors 68000

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    Shazam Imagine Dragons.

    Immediately throw iPhone in trash.
     
  11. jezbd1997 macrumors 6502

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    Ok mate..
     
  12. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm. Is SoundHound still better tho?
     
  13. AppleMatt macrumors 68000

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    Am I seeing this right - a notable drop in app size? Used to be 100MB now 59MB?
     
  14. Smartass macrumors 65816

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    Was it ever? Maybe it could find certain songs that Shazam didnt, but those were very few.
    Thank god. Before Shazam was bought by apple their app sucked soooo bad. It was laggy and it ate a lot of space for god knows what kind of tracking bullcrap.
     
  15. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000

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    Has it always looked so... iOS-y? I haven't opened it in ages.
     
  16. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

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    Results of music:music I don't doubt are identical. But SoundHound lets YOU sing, or hum, and matches the song. Shazam, insofar as I had used it, does not. And it's an honest question, because the no-tracking aspect is quite honestly a killer feature.
     
  17. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Good. I guess it's finally time for me to retire the ad-free Shazam Encore version of the app (which is no longer available in the app store but is still being maintained for existing users).
     
  18. Xenomorph macrumors 65816

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    Is there an advantage to buying the Paid version, now?
     

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