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Shazam arrives for Mac with always-on detection

updated 09:24 am EDT, Thu July 31, 2014

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Music and TV recognition service Shazam has today launched its first-ever Mac app. While similar in design to the iOS client, the Mac app is able to listen constantly, generating an ongoing list of items it hears. Notifications give users the ability to jump quickly into pages for lyrics and/or buying the media in question.

The ongoing list can be accessed via a menu bar item which doubles as a control hub. Clicking on an item will open up a summary webpage, including not just lyrics and shopping content but things like videos and sharing options. Control-wise the dropdown menu lets users toggle always-on listening and whether Shazam will launch at startup.

The software is a free download, and requires OS X Mavericks or later.

Via AppleInsider
Via AppleInsider

by MacNN Staff




  1. pottymouth

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 11-19-03

    Sounds neat, but good luck with that. When Fbook mentioned a similar feature, people were up in arms about invasions of privacy and such. Zuckerberg is helping the NSA tap our homes!

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    To be fair, Shazam has expressed no megalomaniacal desires to know everything about its users, apart from what they listen to for ad purposes. Until one of the busybody companies (FB, Google) buys them, I'm fine with this feature (if I decide to install Shazam on my Mac, that is).

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