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Shazam celebrates 20th year with special playlist

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Shazam is celebrating its 20th anniversary! To celebrate, they are introducing a special Apple Music playlist that will take its users for a ride back in time.

The playlist will feature the most Shazamed songs from each year for the last 20 years. It’s the music recognition app’s important milestone. As of posting time, Shazam already has 70 billion song recognitions and 225 million global monthly users.

Over the years, Shazam’s global charts have been a crucial tool for identifying new talent. This includes Masked Wolf who became one of Shazam’s Top 5 Artists to Watch back in 2021. He eventually ended up with the most Shazamed track last year in Astronaut In the Ocean.

Knowing the title of the song through Shazam’s search tool has also led to artists becoming successful in their charts, like in the case of Kate Bush’s 1985 song Running Up That Hill that was heard in Stranger Things and Love Nwantiti [Remix] by Nigerian artist CKay.

Notable facts

Shazam was launched in August 2002, with Jeepster by T. Rex as the first-ever song recognized via their search process, back when the service was in its prelaunch beta.

One of Eminem’s all-time greatest hits, Cleaning Out My Closet was the first to reach 1,000 Shazams, but it was Tik Tok by Ke$ha which reached a million recognitions first.

Rapper Lil Wayne was the first artist to hit both the one million and 10 million Shazam marks. Although, it was David Guetta who reached 100 million Shazams first over anyone else. It was, in large part, thanks to the rise of EDM in the 2010s.

Multi-awarded Drake is also the most Shazamed artist of all time with over 350 million searches across songs he has sung or is at least featured on. Currently, Dance Monkey by Tones And I is the most Shazamed song with over 41 million inquiries.

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Twitter now allows mixing videos, photos, and GIFs in one tweet

A more creative way to post

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Throughout the years, we’ve seen how Twitter has evolved, from having a lengthier character limit to replacing squares with circles in its overall page and app layouts.

Now, the popular networking site has come up with a new update which will allow users to post videos, photos, and GIFs all in one tweet.

This change has been tested in the last few months with popular creator and brand accounts across the sports, music, and entertainment industries.

Here are some examples:


Starting today, all users on the platform may now be able to take advantage of the ability to mix different media in a single tweet.

There will still be a maximum of four media in one tweet, but the change definitely gives users more room for creativity in their posts to standout and be more engaging.

Judging from the examples above, the posts kind of mimic Instagram content; it might lessen the need for Twitter threads too.

SEE ALSO: Twitter’s edit button is for paying users only

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Instagram will start to put ads on a user’s profile

And on the Explore page

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Ads are everywhere. Several platforms are testing where and how much they can put without raising a lot of fuss from their users. On a few occasions, a platform can cross the line, prompting a wave of reprisals. Instagram, for example, backtracked on a controversial decision to pump out more recommended posts and ads after massive backlash. Despite the recency of the controversy, Instagram is back again with another ad-fueled decision: ads on user profiles.

This week, Meta announced that two more types of ads are coming to Instagram. The first type is a natural extension of what the platform already has. Instead of hiding video ads deep within the Explore section, these short videos will start popping up right on the section’s landing page. Since the section already has ads, it might not be as intrusive, especially when compared to the second type.

Besides a new spot in the Explore feed, Instagram is also adding ads to a user’s profile. Likely to a lot of users’ dismay, it is what it says on the tin. Offering some consolation, the platform won’t spoil a profile’s grid with an ad. Instead, when a user clicks on a post on the profile, the vertical feed, which usually shows a timeline of the profile’s content, will contain spots for ads.

Instagram has not officially confirmed which users will get the feature. However, the company is currently testing it for select creators. It also assures users that it will come only on public profiles, not private individuals.

SEE ALSO: You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

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YouTube might ask users to pay to watch in 4K

In testing phase

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Despite offering a mostly free service, YouTube is finding new ways to monetize parts of its platform. Now, ads are a lot more prevalent while watching videos. A less popular way is gating some features behind the platform’s YouTube Premium banner. YouTube is trying it once again, though. The platform is currently testing whether to keep 4K viewing behind a paywall.

With the capabilities of displays today, YouTube and its creators can offer content in stunning 4K resolution. Though not everyone can enjoy the feature, 4K viewing was a welcome one.

However, as spotted by some users on social media (via TechCrunch), the video-sharing site is reportedly making the viewing option exclusive for Premium users. The company has not officially announced any change yet. However, YouTube’s other accounts on Twitter replied to some concerned users on the site, citing an “experiment” to test what works for Premium and non-Premium users.

The company is still gathering responses to the experiment. However, if the initial social media response is any indication, a good chunk of YouTube’s users isn’t pleased with having to pay more to enjoy high-quality content.

Currently, YouTube Premium comes at US$ 11.99 per month for interested customers. The paid subscription offers ad-free viewing and offline viewing. If the company sees some progress with the experiment, they might ad 4K viewing to Premium’s mix.

SEE ALSO: YouTube has quietly launched a Podcasts hub

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