14-year-old Shazam is preparing for an IPO--and coming to your desktop for the very first time.
An increased focus on desktop jives with some of Shazam’s other goals, too, like expanding from a simple on-purpose tool into a full-fledged media service. The company recently announced a partnership with Rdio that allows users of the service to play entire songs within the Shazam app. Directing people to Shazam's website could help open the door for a service that stores music or playlists. “The idea is that it’s a place you go for great music,” Danker says, “not just a place you go to answer a quick question.”