Shazam Informing Users About Apple Acquisition, Account Data Now Aligned With Apple's Privacy Policy

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Nearly one year after Apple announced its acquisition of music recognition service Shazam, and one month since the acquisition was completed, Shazam has now begun informing users of Apple's plans with their data (via iGeneration). You can see the new splash screen if you have a Shazam account and open up the app.

    If you've created a Shazam account in the past, which allows you to share Shazams between devices, this data will now move to Apple and fall under the protection of Apple's Privacy Policy. This has been expected since Apple completed the acquisition, but now we're one step closer to Apple's overhaul of Shazam, which will remove all ads from the app.

    Shazam explains that if you don't want your data to be automatically transferred, you can delete your Shazam account within the app. This will erase all personal data associated with Shazam, including your email address and connected Facebook account. Shazams will remain in the app but they will no longer sync between devices and they will be gone if you delete and reinstall Shazam.

    The company points out that analytics logs and how you used Shazam won't be erased even if you delete your account, but the logs will no longer be personally identifiable at that time. If you never created a Shazam account and continue to use Shazam under Apple's ownership, any Shazams recorded will not be associated with you.

    At the time of the acquisition announcement, Apple said that it was "thrilled" for the Shazam team to be joining Apple. Down the line, the company hinted that users can expect more integration with Apple Music and Shazam: "Apple Music and Shazam are a natural fit, sharing a passion for music discovery and delivering great music experiences to our users. We have exciting plans in store, and we look forward to combining with Shazam upon approval of today's agreement."

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  2. csurfr macrumors 68020

    Dec 7, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    So, how long will it be before we get “always on Shazam” in Siri?
  3. stoopkidblues macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2014
    That’s the only reason I can see this acquisition as useful. The way it works on the Mac is great as I never have to fumble around trying to identify that spilt Adult Swim bump. ;)
  4. ikramerica macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2009
    -Hey Siri what song is this?

    -Okay. I will “eat up Martha.”
  5. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    The other day I was watching season 2 of “The Deuce” on HBO.

    Curious what the opening song was I asked Siri. She took a while then apologized for not knowing.

    The song still had a few seconds left so I quickly opened my trusty soundhog app and it identified the song in a second.

    The lyrics were not even playing anymore either.
  6. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    Apple bought Shazam to collect user data. Opposite of respecting privacy. I don't want Apple to know what I listen to.
  7. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    Excellent. I hope ads are ditched soon for Apple users only. Give the Android people a second helping on us!
    --- Post Merged, Oct 25, 2018 ---
    It’s music. What does it matter? Privacy is important for your address book, photos, notes and documents.
  8. ikramerica macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2009
    Depends why. If apple uses the data to suggests artists you might like in Apple Music and iTunes Store, I think that’s a good thing? Shazam was using the data to serve ads to you, which means giving the data to the ad companies and/or advertisers
  9. stoopkidblues macrumors 6502


    Mar 21, 2014
    Meh, I’d rather Apple have access to my info than Shazam selling it off for monetary gain. Apple’s respect for user privacy is more in line with the consumer in mind than 3rd parties and at the very least this will assist in beefing up Apple Music and Siri so I’m for it.
  10. Justanotherfanboy macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2018
    Lol, you may have to change your username w/ too many more posts like that! ;0)
  11. redbeard331 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2009
    Worthless when they won’t even fix the crashing issue that happens 100% of the time.
  12. killhippie macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2016
    Hasn’t crashed on me in well it’s so long I can’t remember. I bought the Encore add free version years ago when it was reduced in price. Can’t even remember how much it was now but 99p springs to mind.
  13. ___joshuaturner macrumors member


    Dec 15, 2017
    Curious to see how they plan to integrate Shazam into iOS.

    One feature I really do like from Android is the live music detection on the lockscreen, it'd be interesting to see if something like that is possible without destroying privacy.
  14. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    I think this is the next logical step for Apple with the Shazam acquisition…

    Of course we all know that Apple will spin it as something they (Apple) invented and first to market yadda yadda.
  15. makr macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2016
    Alright delete it then.
  16. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    Just used Shazam the other day to see what the end of a show was playing. Took 2 seconds. Had to email it to myself as the other options didn’t seem to let you store it somewhere so you can consider buying it later.
  17. omihek macrumors 6502


    May 3, 2014
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Then you better listen on a different device.
  18. dannys1 macrumors 68020


    Sep 19, 2007
    Lyrics have nothing to do with finger printing a track for ID.
  19. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA

    I get it, still pathetic
  20. martyjmclean macrumors 6502


    Jan 24, 2018
    Sydney, NSW, Australia
    Wot. You can easily add your Spotify/Apple Music to Shazam so you can add it to your library. The ‘My Shazam’ tab also keeps a history of all your Shazams.
  21. idrewuk macrumors regular


    Aug 15, 2008
    It seems weird that you can only choose Spotify or Apple Music, one at a time. I have both and would like the option to save to either.

    Has anybody tried Shazam-ing a printed advert? That's where things could get interesting. I saw an ad recently in Time Out with a Shazam icon (a little like a QR code) - you use the camera within the app and it brought the page to life with AR content and extra information.

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