Why haven't Apple bought Shazam?

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  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

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    This app should be standard on all iPhones and iPod Touches (and perhaps even all other iPods - they could use iTunes to access the web and supply results).

    Include a direct link to iTunes Store and Apple would make a fortune.
     
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Shazam already includes a direct link to iTunes...
     
  3. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040

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    I disagree. I think I have only ever used it once and that was just to see how accurate it is. I don't even think I have it installed on my phone anymore.
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    How would they make a fortune - its a free app?

    I don't see any synergy in apple acquiring this app.
     
  5. nehunte macrumors 6502

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    1. Apple already makes money off this app.

    2. Midomi is a far better app for identifying music.
     
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    I think the OP meant that it would induce people to buy more music from Apple.

    That's a main reason that other phone makers / carriers provide the app for download. (To the OP: Shazam has been around since 2002 in the UK.)

    Seems like a perfect fit, far more so than the Stocks app.
     
  7. pauliphone macrumors regular

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    I don't know how shazam make money these days, when it first launched and you had to dial 2580 it used to charge 50p per tag but now the app is free and the tagging is free. I assume apple must be paying them to provide the links to itunes store.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    And this isn't happening now?

    Still don't see the tie in.
     
  9. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Sure. But I believe the OP thought it could be a good idea to add Shazam to the list of included apps.

    But you're right too. An interested party could just download it.

    Really? iPod. iTunes store. App that helps buying music. Seems obvious.
     
  10. pfft macrumors regular

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    absolutely, shazam is rubbish.
     
  11. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    I beg to differ. At least in my case Shazam pulls ahead every time. It correctly identifies even remixes for me.
     
  12. LSUtigers03 macrumors 68020

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    How is it better? It costs $4.99 and Shazam is free. Also Shazam has never failed to correctly identify a song when I've used it.
     
  13. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I hear what you're all saying and to answer a few of the points:

    Personally, I find Shazam much more useful than Voice Memo and Stocks apps that are forced upon me, and I don't see how either of those can make Apple any money (apart from being 'features' to make the units more saleable).

    Shazam (or any other music recognition app) however, is a great tool for a net-enabled music player with access to the iTunes store. By buying shazam, Apple could further integrate it into the unit. Imagine - you're listening to the radio in the car, you press for voice recognition and say "Shazam" and the phone tags the song that's playing.

    I appreciate that people can download it if they want to, but why not buy the company, include it on ALL iPods & iPhones and it would surely have an impact on iTunes store sales.

    But these are only my opinions.
     
  14. Blueline29 macrumors 68020

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    I've only ever had Shazam NOT identify a song correctly once and that was due to the snippet being too short (from a TV show) to be correctly analyzed. The main times I've had occasion to use it were when I was drunk in extremely crowded, insanely noisy bars with people yelling and making all kinds of noise right around me and it's come through every time.
     
  15. biggerboy macrumors newbie

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    Not Necessary

    Apple makes money selling hardware. They break even on the music.
     
  16. mgamber macrumors 6502a

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    Shazam is available for more platforms than the iPhone. I probably use it more on my WinMo phones because they generally have a faster network connection than the iPhone. Maybe Microsoft should buy it.
     
  17. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Do Microsoft have a music store?

    I hope you don't work for any companies that hope to make money. Just saying "we don't make money on that" is all the more reason to try and push it further.
     
  18. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    I too prefer Midomi. But then again, I got it back when it was free/really cheap (can't remember which).
     
  19. creon macrumors 6502

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    Shazam is a nice little App that I have used quite a bit. The DJ's on the radio stations never tell you what song is playing so this little wonder helps out!

    I agree that there are some apps that come on the iPhone that I could do without and the 'synergy' needed to create a stocks app would benefit apple how?

    Shazam could make them money...stock app doesn't.
     
  20. Menge macrumors 6502a

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    Another vote for Shazam being good here :D
    Never missed a song for me. I use it a LOT to find out what song is playing and it works wonders.

    Nowadays it makes money on the iPhone from the referrals to the iTunes store. It gets a commission everytime someone buys a song from a link in Shazam. I hear it makes pretty good money, too.
     
  21. mackmgg macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I got it when it was free and came with a free microphone
     
  22. mgamber macrumors 6502a

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    Beats me. Don't care, either, but I do know Shazam is a lot faster on my Fuze than my iPhone.
     
  23. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Microsoft buying it was your idea. Not much of an argument, you monkey.
     
  24. iPhone 62S macrumors 6502a

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    What's with all these "why dosen't Apple buy X company" threads?

    I don't see why Apple should buy Shazam at all.
     
  25. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    I don't think they should buy it.

    I do like Shazam though a lot.

    Although... One time my friend sang the American/English version of Happy Birthday to Midomi to see if it would recognize him... It popped up and said "Korean Happy Birthday" ... My friend happened to be Korean... Coincidence?
     

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