Why is Shazam rated 17+ year olds?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by ziggyonice, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    I went to update the to the latest version of Shazam today when I received the message saying that I must be at least 17 to download the app. While I certainly meet this requirement, I was curious as to why an app that seems so basic in its purpose be rated for the most "mature" content.

    According to the App Store, it is 17+ for sexual themes and/or nudity, crude language, violence, and a long list of other unspeakables. Is this because of the fact that it pulls lyrics? Or shows album covers? Because I cand find those exact same lyrics on Mobile Safari and even those album covers in the iTunes app.

    Once again, another example of how the App Store's approval process is rediculous. (Unless Shazam really did change in this update, although I haven't found the nudity yet...)
  2. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    I have updated other very innocent apps and those as well prompted me to verify my age. I think this is more of a legal thing if anything. You never know when porn will pop up when you are using your iPhone.
  3. zacheryjensen macrumors 6502a


    May 11, 2009
    It's the default for apps where the author did not submit the necessary itunes connect update information yet.
  4. Kadman macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2007
    Maybe that, or just that the names of songs it could report back with might be offensive. If it properly identifies songs like "F**k More B*tch Less" by Billy Goat, it wouldn't be good for kids to even read the title. I guess it's a possibility.
  5. dougdawson macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Austin, TX
    It appears to be because of what Shazam could give you access to, as opposed to what is intrinsic to the app.

    Does this have something to do with pressure exerted by unnamed gigantic retail operations.... oh, nevermind.


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