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Apple is buying audio recognition app Shazam

Apple is buying audio recognition app Shazam

New reports out of both Recode and TechCrunch today claim Apple is gearing up to acquire music identification service Shazam for $400 million.

Apple is known for buying up other companies, though Shazam is certainly no small startup.

A decade ago, Apple's iPhone helped make a music-tech star out of Shazam, the app that, nearly like magic, could identify a song just by hearing a few seconds of it.

Neither Shazam or Apple have commented on the sale, but the proposed deal could be finalized by the end of the day and announced on Monday. It could be a done deal or Apple could have called Shazam's people up yesterday. But the company has had to adapt to the rise of streaming services - including Apple's own Apple Music.

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An Apple-Shazam merger would also most certainly hurt competitors such as Google Play Music and Spotify, the latter of which has an existing partnership with Shazam.

We've reached out to Shazam and Apple for comment. That price would be a significant discount from its last round of funding, which valued the company at around $1 billion; the company had raised at least $140 million since 2002.

The ability to identify a song from within Apple Music or iTunes would make listening an even more seamless experience for users.

Things get interesting with Shazam app, as it integrates augmented reality feature to find content based on pictures captured using the app. The app's features are also integrated into virtual assistant Siri.

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