Shazam’s music identification is now available as a Chrome extension

Replace January tenth, 3:44PM ET: Shortly after this text was revealed, the extension was made unavailable from the Chrome Net Retailer. In the mean time, the apps page on Shazam’s website nonetheless advertises the extension, however the hyperlink to it results in a 404 error. We’ve reached out to Apple (which owns Shazam) to ask what occurred, and can replace this story once more if we hear again, or if the extension is re-listed on the shop.

The unique article continues beneath.

In the present day I discovered about Shazam’s Chrome extension, which appears to have been out for about a month and might help you establish music enjoying on the webpage you’re viewing. Having the app immediately in Chrome may assist you determine what tune is enjoying in an advert, trailer, or livestream with out having to fiddle together with your cellphone. (Because of 9to5Google for finding and pointing out this nifty device.)

The extension does the whole lot I’d count on it to — you go to the tab the place music is enjoying, press the Shazam button, and it’ll attempt to establish the tune. If it succeeds, it’ll offer you a hyperlink to the tune in Apple Music (serving as your occasional reminder that Apple owns Shazam). It’ll additionally maintain observe of the songs you’ve recognized in a working listing and allow you to hyperlink your Apple Music account. Doing so will allow you to take heed to your complete tune within the extension as a substitute of simply a preview.


You’ll be able to see the songs you’ve Shazamed, and take heed to them should you’ve related your Apple Music account.

I had first rate luck testing it out — it labored on YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud, and even Wikipedia. More often than not, it even received the tune proper, although that extra so speaks to Shazam’s engine than the extension itself. I did sometimes discover that the precise audio popping out of my audio system would get a bit staticky or skip barely whereas Shazam was doing its factor, but it surely didn’t occur each time and wasn’t insufferable when it did. It’s additionally value noting that your mileage could range right here — 9to5Google and a number of other opinions on the Chrome Web Store report that they weren’t in a position to get the app working.

I additionally discovered at the moment that Wikipedia captions songs, to unbelievable impact.

I’ll in all probability maintain this extension put in as a result of it’s straightforward to think about occasions when it’d be helpful — some tech corporations play fairly nice music earlier than their livestreams, and I’ve wasted extra time than I’d care to confess within the remark sections of film trailers making an attempt to sus out the tune enjoying within the background. After all, more often than not, I may simply ask Siri what tune’s enjoying (or use Snapchat, which has Shazam constructed into it), however when my cellphone’s in one other room or I’m utilizing headphones, having an extension to do the identical factor may turn out to be useful.

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