Shazam was one of the first music recognition apps available for smartphones back in the day, and its functionality has since expanded where it can also recognize TV shows. Apple has also integrated the app and its functionality into iOS, where users can ask Siri to Shazam songs without having to launch the app itself.
Now it seems that Apple might have decided that instead of working with Shazam, why not just buy them outright instead? According to a report from TechCrunch, it seems that Apple is apparently interested in buying the company, with the deal said to be worth as much as $400 million, and could be officially announced as soon as Monday.
It is unclear as to what Apple wants to do with Shazam, especially given that Shazam is already sort of integrated into iOS. However it is possible that maybe Apple wants to mimic one of the Pixel 2’s features, which is the ability to identify songs thanks to an always-listening feature, so perhaps by acquiring Shazam, Apple is hoping to bring that feature onto iOS devices in future updates as well.
In any case Apple rarely discloses their plans for their acquisitions, so even if they do confirm it, we’ll probably never really know until later when it might popup in iOS somewhere, so do take it with a grain of salt for now.