Shazam Stories September 24

Apple officially owns music tagging service Shazam. After confirming plans to buy the company in December 2017, Apple announced today that the deal has closed and it is removing ads from the service.

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Shazam Stories September 6

The EU has approved Apple’s acquisition of Shazam (via Reuters), the music recognition and discovery service. Apple announced it was buying the company in December, but had to wait on EU approval which launched an anticompetitive investigation to decide whether Apple’s purchase would lock out competition and unfairly elevate Apple Music.

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Shazam Stories August 22

Apple’s Shazam acquisition expected to be approved in EU after investigation

Despite announcing plans to buy Shazam last December, Apple still doesn’t own the music recognition service due to pending regulatory approval in Europe. With the deadline for an investigation into the acquisition set for September 4, Reuters is reporting that a decision in favor of Apple is likely.

Shazam Stories April 23

Apple confirmed plans to buy music tagging service Shazam back in December, but Apple’s acquisition of the London-based firm still hasn’t received EU antitrust regulatory approval yet. Apple moved to close the deal back in March when the European Commission took control of the approval process, and a decision to OK the deal or launch an in-depth investigation was promised today.

First reported by Reuters, the European Commission has formally moved to launch an ‘in-depth’ four month investigation into the proposed deal before allowing or blocking Apple’s takeover of Shazam. The EC says the risk of Apple buying Shazam is limiting choice of music streaming services…

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Shazam Stories March 15

Apple last year confirmed a rumor that it was buying Shazam, but that plan stumbled last month when European antitrust regulators said that they were launching an investigation into the deal.

Apple yesterday sought formal approval of the deal, and the European Commission said today that it will make a decision by April 23 – though not necessarily a final one …

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Shazam Stories February 15

Popular music recognition service Shazam, which Apple announced it would be acquiring back in December, has today released a new version of its iOS app. The update brings Shazam to version 11.7 and includes interface tweaks and more.

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