On September 25, 2008, music identifier Shazam topped 1.5 million downloads, with users having tagged 20 million songs. But when it first came on the scene, Shazam was like magic for the uninitiated. When you heard a song playing, you could just hold up your phone and it would identify the song as your friends looked on. Amazing! Though we might be used to the technology now, Shazam was an early hit in the app store for being an app that let you show the cool things you could do with your iPhone.
Later iterations added more ways to interact with and buy music and share your favorites with friends, but it's no wonder Shazam has continued to be a success on the App Store for its simplicity and impressive ability to identify just about any song in seconds.
July 10, 2013 12:01 AM PDT
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