ShazamKit brings Shazam’s audio recognition capabilities to third-party apps, on both iOS and Android

In 2017, Apple acquired the music recognition app Shazam for $400 million. Now, it is allowing third-party app developers, for both iOS and Android, to use Shazam’s audio recognition capabilities in the form of ShazamKit to build apps that can recognize music using the framework.


Apple expanding Shazam’s audio recognition capabilities to Android with ShazamKit

Shazam is a search engine that can identify a song by listening to its tune. Users can discover various artists, albums, and playlists via the app and add them directly to Apple Music or Spotify. The platform also offers time-synced lyrics and music videos from YouTube and Apple Music.

In iOS 14, Apple added a new Shazam toggle to Control Center to make the app more accessible. The toggle allows users to identify a song anywhere on the device without having to download an additional app.

Shazamkit allows developers to use audio recognition technology directly from Shazam into their apps, “making it possible not only to match music to Shazam’s vast catalog of songs but also to match any prerecorded audio to custom results developers create.” From Apple’s developer website:

Develop features in your apps using music recognition and seamlessly connect users to Shazam’s catalog of music. ShazamKit lets you enrich your app experience by letting users find out a song’s name, who sang it, the genre, and more. Learn where in the song the match was found in order to synchronize content with user experiences.


ShazamKit is currently in beta on iOS 15, macOS Monterey, iPadOS 15, and will become available in the fall. On Android, the framework comes in the form of an Android Archive (AAR) file.

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