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Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora | WIRED

Shazam Overhauls Its App to Take on iTunes and Pandora | WIRED | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Shazam has been helping people identify the music they're listening to since long before iTunes, Pandora, or Spotify ever even existed. But despite its early lead, and the fact that it's app has amassed 500 million downloads, the company still owns a comparatively small piece of the digital music industry pie. Now, it's angling for a bigger one.
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Shazam is doing the best move by turning its new app into a complete music discovery entry point ; which basically is every streaming service fantasy.

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Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam - Digits - WSJ

Warner, Universal, Sony Buy Stakes in Music App Shazam - Digits - WSJ | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Shazam, the music-identification app, landed small investments from the world's biggest record companies.

Warner Music Group owner Access Industries – the holding company of billionaire Len Blavatnik – along with Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment6758.TO -2.89%, are each taking $3 million stakes in Shazam, these people said. All of the shares were purchased from a single third-party investor, according to people familiar with the transactions.

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Right now Shazam is the fastest short-cut between hearing a tune and making a purchase. Now wonder Major Companies throw some money in.

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How to Get Your Music on Shazam

How to Get Your Music on Shazam | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
1 out of every 14 music download sales begins with Shazam. If you've ever wondered how to get your music on Shazam, the answer is simple: CD Baby!
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'cause every love story with a band start with "what's that!?"

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Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users | TechCrunch

Shazam Pulls The Plug On UK Spotify Users | TechCrunch | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it

Just over a week ago, Shazam updated the free version of its mobile apps for iOS and Android so that users in the UK (and Germany, Mexico and Brazil, as it happens) could now open and play tracks that have been identified and ‘tagged’ by the app, in music streaming service Deezer.

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If you were still wondering why all services are looking after Shazam...

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Warner Music Mines Shazam for Underground Hits | Wired Business | Wired.com

Warner Music Mines Shazam for Underground Hits | Wired Business | Wired.com | Kill The Record Industry | Scoop.it
Warner will mine Shazam's database of song lookups to figure out what songs and artists are about to break out. It's a smart partnership that will make Warner smarter about marketing and give it access to up and coming artists.
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Did you ever wonder who's monitoring your Shazam requests?

Well, Warner Music is.

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ThinkDigital™'s curator insight, February 20, 2014 12:21 PM

Clandestinely, America's next IPO darling.  

 

Say it with me: "A... C... R... Shazam !"