Shazam Now Recommends Concerts Based On Users’ Listening History

The music identification app Shazam has added a new feature that recommends concerts based on users’ listening history.

The Apple-owned app’s new “Concerts” section gathers information from Bandsintown’s concert database, which agreed to license its data to Apple in 2022. 

When viewing gig recommendations, users will be presented with the option to save events within the app or add them to their own external calendar. 

Users can also purchase tickets directly from an in-app link, as well as listen to music from the artist, either within Shazam or via streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. This feature has existed on Shazam for a number of years.

Other Apple-owned apps like Apple Music and Apple Maps have also introduced concert discovery features this year. 

Apple Maps now includes 40 different music guides curated by Apple Music editors, which “highlight the best venues to experience live music in some of the world’s leading culture hubs,” per an announcement from Apple earlier this year. 

Apple Music’s new “Set Lists” space “shines light on a selection of major tours,” and encourages fans to listen to setlists and read about tour productions.

Prior to growing into a fan-favorite—and commonly memed—track identification tool at clubs and EDM events around the world, Shazam was initially launched in 2002 as a service where fans could dial “2580” a preset number if they wanted to find a song.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary last year, Shazam shared a list of its most searched artists and songs throughout the last two decades.

Drake is currently the artist with the most Shazams–over 350 million–while Tones and I‘s “Dance Monkey” is the most searched song ever with over 41 million Shazams.

The first-ever song to be Shazam’d was “Jeepster” by T.Rex, while Eminem‘s “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” was the first song to hit 1,000 searches. Kesha‘s “TiK ToK” was the first track to hit 1 million Shazams and Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” was the first to reach 10 million.

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