Report: Apple to acquire Shazam for roughly US$400m

Apple is reportedly close to acquiring Shazam in a deal that could value the music and media discovery service at some US$400 million (€339 million). Techcrunch reported the news first and said that the deal is expected to be announced this week. Recode also reported the news, noting that the deal would mark a significant […]

Shazam appoints ad sales vice-president

Content recognition and second-screen app provider Shazam has appointed Jeff Pabst as its new vice president, advertising sales, for its West Coast region. Pabst joins from social data provider ShareThis and will be tasked with creating  new ad formats that build on Shazam’s mix of display, audio, visual, and location-based technologies. “I’ve been a power […]

Shazam raises US$30m, hits US$1bn valuation

Content recognition app Shazam has closed a US$30 million (€26 million) investment round, which values the company at more than US$1 billion.  The firm said that it will use the funding to support its continued evolution and rapid growth, following a year of “user milestones, increased service capabilities and expansion into new market sectors.” Shazam […]

Facebook adds audio recognition in social TV push

Facebook is making a bigger push into the social TV space, taking on the likes of Shazam with a new audio recognition function for TV shows, movies and music.  Due to roll out on Facebook’s iOS and Android apps in the US in the coming weeks, users will be able to click a new button […]

Shazam adds ‘new TV experience’ with app update

Content recognition app Shazam has rolled out a “streamlined second screen experience for TV in the US” with a new update to its iOS mobile app.  From today, Shazam said that users will see a new look for the app that will make it easier for TV viewers to access content around dramas, comedies and […]

Shazam names former NBCUniversal exec to board

Content recognition app provider Shazam has named former NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zalaznick to its board. Zalaznick, who served as executive vice-president at NBCUniversal and also worked at MTV, will be an independent board member for Shazam. Shazam said that Zalaznick’s strategic knowledge and deep operating experience would be a major asset in the development and […]

New Shazam features could extend reach of shows

New features for content recognition app Shazam could radically extend the reach of TV shows beyond their immediate broadcast, Andrew Fisher, executive chairman, Shazam, revealed at TV Connect today. Delivering a keynote presentation, Fisher highlighted Auto Shazam, a new feature that enables users to open Shazam and leave their device to capture automatically whatever music […]

Shazam unveils app redesign

Shazam has unveiled a major redesign of its app, aimed at making the service a “destination experience and content platform for artists, shows and brands.” The redesign, which Shazam first started to introduce earlier this month, was launched at Mobile World Congress and be available in the coming weeks to iOS and Android users. Included […]

Second screen should stay simple, says Shazam

Shazam is trying to create a second screen experience that is simple, relevant and flexible, according to Daniel Danker, chief product officer. Speaking at the IBC conference, Danker also said that examples of Shazam being used to create additional content experiences around shows, rather than adverts, would begin to ramp up over the coming months. […]

Shazam raises US$40m from America Movil

Shazam has raised US$40 million (€46 million) in funding from Latin American telco America Movil in a deal that sees the firms form a “strategic business collaboration” in the region. Second screen app and media recognition specialist Shazam said that the funds would help “accelerate Shazam’s ongoing growth in music, continued expansion into television and the […]

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