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Shazam, the popular song-identifying app removed support for all third-party SDKs with one exception as reported by Appfigures blog.

The removed SDKs were of ad networks, analytics trackers, etc. They were removed since these SDKs leaked data to third parties in some way. This is something that Apple is against and is following it on Shazam as they acquired it for $400M last September.

The SDKs removed in the iOS update are:

  • Admob
  • Bolts
  • Doubleclick
  • FB ads
  • FB analytics
  • FB login
  • Inmobi
  • IAS
  • Moat
  • Mopub

The only third party SDK retained is HockeyApp. Apple doesn’t keep third-party SDKs in any of their apps except apple support.

On Android, however, the following SDKs are still present for Shazam:

  • Bolts
  • FB analytics
  • Butter knife
  • Crashlytics
  • Fabric
  • Firebase
  • Google maps
  • Okhttp
  • Otto

Some users agree with the decision like this comment from Hacker news: “Makes sense, now that Apple owns them.

Another user shared his views on retaining the HockeyApp: “Makes sense to keep the HockeyApp integration as it is an amazing tool for crash analysis and they still need that. Integration with crash analytic is a different type of integration than facebook, advertisement and the other stuff (crap) they have removed.

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