European Regulators Approve Apple's Acquisition of Shazam

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    The European Commission today announced it has approved Apple's proposed acquisition of music recognition service Shazam.

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    "After thoroughly analyzing Shazam's user and music data, we found that their acquisition by Apple would not reduce competition in the digital music streaming market," said Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition.

    The regulatory body concluded that Apple and Shazam mainly offer "complementary services" and "do not compete with each other," and that a merged Apple-Shazam entity would not adversely affect competitors in the European Union:
    The regulators were concerned that the merger could reduce choice for users of streaming music services in Europe. In particular, they were concerned that Apple might gain access to sensitive data that would allow it to directly target competitors' customers and encourage them to switch to Apple Music.

    While the Commission did not name any specific companies, Apple Music's biggest rival in Europe is Spotify, headquartered in Sweden. Shazam is currently integrated with multiple services, including Apple Music, Spotify, and Deezer.

    Apple announced its plans to acquire Shazam in December, describing the two companies as a "natural fit" with "exciting plans" ahead. In February, however, the Commission received requests from Austria, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain, and Sweden to assess the deal under European merger law.

    Shazam is a popular service that can identify the name and lyrics of songs, music videos, TV shows, and more. It has apps across iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, iMessage, and Mac, while the service has been built into Siri since iOS 8.

    Via: Reuters

    Article Link: European Regulators Approve Apple's Acquisition of Shazam
     
  2. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    European Regulators making the news, this was very unexpected considering their history of making odd decisions.

    It seems they took their time to understand what this was all about.
     
  3. Morgenland Suspended

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    In Europe this decision had been predicted by the public.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how Shazam functions post-acquisition. I guess if people cannot open a shazamed track in anything but Apple Music, this will just naturally prop SoundHound, etc. to take Shazam’s current top spot as the cross-platform music ID app.
     
  5. tennisproha macrumors 65816

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    SoundHound is way better in discovery imo. Plus they have more features
     
  6. gigapocket1 macrumors 68000

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    Well... somebody is going to buy soundhound next. Probably Samsung. Trying to mimic what Apple. Something that they do best.
     
  7. chucker23n1 macrumors 68020

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    Sure, but how many people subscribe to multiple services in the first place?
     
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    Amazing it took this long for discovery and a conclusion. I’m curious to see how this will enhance Apple Music.
     
  9. one more macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for the confusion.

    I was talking about song-discovery apps (Shazam and SoundHound), which are both free for the time being. So it is just a matter of using one or the other. So I was saying that if Shazam does not allow its users to open a recognised track in Spotify, its current users might just move to another music ID app, like SoundHound. I was not saying that people will switch from one streaming service to another, even though it might encourage some. ;)
     
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    My guess would be that Apple just wants the intellectual property. They'll probably just discontinue the Shazam app and integrate it into Apple Music.
     
  11. cocoua macrumors regular

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    Noooo bad news very bad news for spotify users! :(
     

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