Shazam Update Includes Direct Apple Music Classical Support

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Shazam’s latest update includes direct Apple Music Classical support on the iPhone, enabling the two apps to work seamlessly together for classical music.

Song-detecting mainstay Shazam updated with support for Apple Music Classical on the iPhone, making it easier than ever to detect an unknown classical song with seamless integration. The update works with iPhones running iOS 15.4 or later and iPads running iPadOS 15 and later.

Launched in March from Apple’s acquisition of Primephonic, Apple Music Classical offers more than five million classical music pieces — the most extensive classical music streaming library. The service comes included with an Apple Music subscription. Apple Music Classical boasts precise search results using composer, work, opus number, conductor, artist, and more.

Apple has integrated Shazam across its many platforms since acquiring the song-identifying company in 2018 for a reported $400 million. This update bridges the gap between two of Apple’s major music service acquisitions, making it more straightforward for classical music enthusiasts to identify and enjoy their favorite pieces.

Meanwhile, Apple’s services segment, including Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and others, surpassed analyst expectations for the first quarter this year, despite an overarching problematic economic landscape.

While Apple’s reported revenue in the March 2023 quarter is down 3 percent year over year at $94.8 billion, the company’s services segment’s revenue of $20.9 billion sets a new record.

Due to economic challenges resulting in a cutback on consumer spending, iPhone sales were expected to drop approximately 4 percent. Yet, smartphone sales were up 1.5 percent year over year with $51.3 billion.

“We are pleased to report an all-time record in Services and a March quarter record for iPhone despite the challenging macroeconomic environment, and to have our installed base of active devices reach an all-time high,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Conversely, most of Apple’s product line sales dropped significantly in the quarter, with Mac sales down 31 percent to $7.2 billion and iPad sales falling 13 percent to $6.7 billion.