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  • Shazam is an app for smartphone or Mac best known for its music identification capabilities. Shazam Entertainment Limited was founded in 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang and Dhiraj Mukherjee. The company is best known for its music identification technology, but has expanded to integrations with cinema, advertising, TV and retail environments. Shazam uses a smartphone or Mac's built-in microphone to gather a brief sample of audio being played. It creates an acoustic fingerprint based on the sample, and compares it against a central database for a match. If it finds a match, it sends information such as the artist, song title, and album back to the user. Some implementations of Shazam incorporate relevant links to services such as iTunes, YouTube, Spotify or Zune. In December of 2013, Shazam was one of the top ten apps in the world, according to its CEO. The Shazam app has more than 100 million monthly active users and has been used on more than 500 million mobile devices. In October of 2014, Shazam announced its technology has been used to identify 15 billion songs.

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