Shazam - Discover music, video & lyrics

Shazam Entertainment Ltd.



This app was last updated on: Jul 17, 2017
TapNova doesn't recommend this version of the app.   
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Shazam for Mac takes your music discovery to a whole new level. Catch the music playing around you without ever digging a phone out of your pocket. Go nuts, match it all!

Shazam runs quietly behind the scenes, but springs to life when it finds a song you should know about, creating a playlist as it goes. You can now effortlessly find it, share it or buy it.

• Operates magically in the background, ready to name that tune at a moment’s notice.
• Instant, seamless access to all the music that makes up the world around you.
• One-click access to lyrics, music videos or to listen on Apple Music.
• Discover like never before, share like always.

Let Shazam teach your Mac a few new tricks and bring the magic home!

Impossible to save tracks to "My Shazams"
Roos Gold on 7/6/2017
The app does not ask for any e-mail or login. So, the shazams cannot be exported to Spotify or even to My Shazams. If i install on iPad, that’s OK. But when installed on Mac, there's no syncing at all! Please FIX IT!
Wrong most of the time (and always has been)
lipwak on 5/3/2017
Terrible batting average. Use Midomi/SoundHound instead. That IDs songs very well.
Not too bad
Makayla1j on 4/24/2017
Shazam can detect songs from far away and close by but sometimes it doesnt notice the songs at all whuch sometimes can be at an inconvenience
Doesn’t work
ChristopheMenassa on 3/12/2017
App stopped working after this update: can’t switch it on, it’s always off no matter what I do. Tried reinstalling it, still doesn’t work.
Lacks ability to sync with my Shazam account
mozzy72000 on 3/9/2017
Song recognition works resonably well, however, it lacks the ability to sync with my Shazam account.
Fast recognizing
Mark_a_n on 3/2/2017
Have been experiencing for a while. 90% of times when I used it, the app recognized the song. Usually it take from 5 to 10 sec to find the song. I like how easy it is in use.
Bug With Wireless Headphones (BeatsX)
Eamon N. on 2/19/2017
Makes audio tinny and really compressed-sounding when listening through wireless heaphones. The audio only sounds like this when shazam is open. Whatever they are using to monitor the mic is making the music sound aweful.
Doesn’t Work - No Results!
Opinnuendo on 2/17/2017
No matter how well-known or obscure the song, no matter how loudly I play it, the application doesn’t register ANYTHING. I’ve done Shazam’s troubleshooting to make sure that both the Built-in Microphone and Built-in Output devices are both set to 44.1kHz/2ch-24bit integer, and despite that supposedly being the definitive fix it still doesn’t work. Absolute garbage.
Absolute Trash
Jbetts624 on 2/15/2017
App is slow and has a difficult time picking up any detection of any song. This should be fast and reliable and its the complete opposite. ios app is a lot better. Expect better. Should be able to click the shazam logo to turn it on and let it detect music that way instead of turning it off/on with the 5 hour clock running for no reason. Should be able to delete previously streamed songs. All around mess! You guys need new Mac devs to recode this app from top to bottom.
Dolala JC on 2/6/2017
Interesting app,love it.
FluffyWhiteWolf on 1/18/2017
Hadnt used it in a fee years and thought id get the new version for my new MBP. Just give us a standalone app we can launch. Not another piece of clutter for the menubar. Let me tell it when to listen. Not sit there the whole time listening to everything. Make it more like the ios app. Only has recognized one song out of 10 so far. ios app got 5 of the 10 Not impressed.
Works - But Clunky
JimDoggy on 1/7/2017
I got this to work after a minute of waiting or so But….all it does is tell you what song is playing (which any app that monitors iTunes can do. But, the big deal for me with Shazam is that for iOS, it allows you see dynamic lyrics in the app. Here, for the Mac version, it links you to their website which will show the lyrics. Not the same thing, and rather pointless.
LChuckO on 1/7/2017
Purchased Shazam thinking it would be as good as the one on my previous iPhone. Man, am I disappointed! Playing a CD that should be easy to identify songs….BTW had immediately popped up on the iPhone. Several it could not find and any others took minutes, if at all, to find. This thing doesn’t work and I’m trying to not use the “S” word while look for how to get it off my computer.
Works for Me
sirnippalot on 12/31/2016
Just downloaded on my Macbook Pro and having no issues. Haven’t tried yet on my iMac. Thanks Shazam!
Not working at all
5stone23 on 12/25/2016
It’s not working at all for me either, wish I had listened to the previous reviews. Not picking up a single song, while Shazam apps on ipad and iphone are having no problem.
Absolute junk!
Jason02332 on 12/21/2016
I installed it and no matter what I played from something popular to obscure it failed to pick up anything. Absolute junk, save your time and avoid this.
still not working
Arwa'a on 12/15/2016
in this update i got all my history but still not working or catch any song !
It’s now horrible!
The outspoken voice113 on 12/10/2016
The last update made it useless on my mac. The phone version can find songs in seconds. The version on my mac either won’t find the same song my phone just did or when it does it took it 8 times as long. What once was a good mac app is now crap!
Do not download this
Iang iang on 12/8/2016
Used to love Shazam but the new version simply wont work at all. It’s a huge waste of your time.
DOESNT WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
applefanboy93 on 12/8/2016
after the update the app wont open, please fix it ASAAAAP
Alfred E Neuman on 12/7/2016
stoped working after last to updates! 😡😡😡😡
for music fans
t0maszC on 12/5/2016
a great solution for music fans
Recognized ONE Song and NOTHING Else Since
SciArts on 12/2/2016
This app is crippled by it’s inability to recognize anything that wasn’t sampled at 44.1 kHz. It doesn’t matter if your hardware is configured properly. If the song was sampled down stream at a different rate, then you’re screwed. If you’re using the app to find out what song is playing in an internet video, then nine times out of ten Shazam’s macOs app is just going to waste your disk space and time. It’s also exactly four times slower on my 2012 MacBook Air than its iPhone counterpart on my iPhone 6. All told, they've delivered a deeply disappointing experience for what should be an amazing app.
No My Shazam or Manual Options
iByron on 11/21/2016
This is nice and all, but one of Shazam mobile’s best features is missing. It doesn’t allow you to log in and save your recognized tunes to your MyShazam listing. Kinda defeats a major purpose, iMHO. Also, the ability to do things on demand instead of constantly listening would be nice. I don’t want Shazam tagging Stitcher commercials or YouTube videos when they come on. Let me make that decision (better still, make it an option like in the mobile apps). It’s easier to remember to turn it on when you want thatn to turn it off when you don’t. Nice enough otherwise, but really needs MyShazam and a manual option. Does what it says, but fails to go above and beyond, so three stars.
fix it , please
magdnn on 11/21/2016
ater i updated the lastest version 1.2.0., it doesn’t work any more
1.2.0 not working at all…
DZ2008 on 11/20/2016
The small badge on Shazam menu icon is stuck… as if it is in endless loop..This update seems to be not fully QA tested. Not picking up anything… nothing at alll since this update came out… I wish I could revert back to previous…. Have to rate it 1 star till it’s fixed… earlier, I would rate it 5 stars but now 1.
Upgraded to newest version lost everything on Macbook Pro
musicalsoftee on 11/20/2016
When it works this is a great app. It seems everytime I upgrade on the MacBook Pro 2013 Retina there are problems. With this upgrade it no longer picks up music and worst of all I lost all of my previous tracks that were shazamed! The desktop version is the most inconsistent. Losing the email log in was terrible. Not everyone wants to log in using Facebook for everything.
Doesn’t work for samples of music
thefrenchnerd on 11/13/2016
Doesnt actually work
MaxPower720 on 11/13/2016
This app works when it decides to work. You have no control of it. Even if you decide to turn it off. It still gives you notifications about the song playing in the BG. also, If you have music playing on your computer, it will only tell you about that song and nothing about the music that might be plying around you. Overall this app fails to do what its intended to do.
I don’t think its working!
alisanie on 11/8/2016
Does this app work????
greate app
VincRach on 10/21/2016
I’m very glad that this app is free
Works, but it
mixartist on 10/5/2016
Needs some work, definitely - It didn't work for me until I set my input device to be 44.1 24bit, the default for an apple cinema display seems to be 48 - seems like a pretty basic bit of coding to fix that to work with a very standard hardware configuration.
Doesn’t work on desktop
Arthur7G on 10/1/2016
mobile actually works, not sure why desktop doesnt
Didn’t work at all
pixelzombie on 9/24/2016
I had better luck on a $30 tablet. Not sure why the Mac version didn’t work.
A lot of bad ratings but I’m very impressed with it!
JustinTime4Life on 9/22/2016
Shazam has it’s job, does that job, and doesn’t try to do anything else. All you have to do is do is click start listening and it will pick up any music playing near you. In my experience it took a minute before recognizing songs that came on, but that’s fine! Most songs are at least a few minutes long. I was also in a room with a bunch of people talking and the music was at a low volume but it was still able to pick up what was playing. Great app!
Can akgun on 9/16/2016
wowowowowo you are best
Great App! Should Include Lyrics!
blackthursday on 9/8/2016
I enjoy this app. Maybe you should include in-app lyrics!
Is the purpose of this app to ouput incorrect titles??
Bob 12367743463363256635643! on 9/6/2016
Out of the 23 listings its given, only 3 were correct, around 1/8 of the time. If youre alright with an error of about 88% then this is your app!
Yoyothejoe on 9/5/2016
Tried all of the songs on my phone and shazam didnt pick up any of them. Finding a different way to identify music.
Doesn’t really work
The Funkies on 8/16/2016
The mobile app works great - this, not so much. When it does recognize something it takes ages, but most of the time it just doesn’t recognize. You can put it up against the mobile app on the same tracks and the gap in functionality is very large. The interface doesn’t help - I’m all for minimalism - but there is no feedback at all unless it eventually recognises something … so when it doesn’t work you can’t tell if it’s just not hearing anything for some reason or if the database of songs is somehow smaller than the mobile app (which of course makes no sense since it’s all online). I’m at a loss as to why its so bad but have given up and just put my iphone against the computer’s speakers.
Shazam app on my Mac is great but could use some work
Thomas.Simmons on 5/23/2016
I have been using Shazam on my Mac since it was released. When Shazam is turned on it can pick up music or audio from your TV, Speaker or just about any device that proudce sound. The app does pick up my music about 95% of the time but other times it will not dectecd or match the audio which is only about 5% of the time. It does keep track of your tags however Shazam for Mac app does not linked your tagged to your Shazam account. So if you restore your computer you will lose all your tags that the app have recongize but there is a way to add the tags to your Shazam account. There is aworkaround to get your Shazam tags from you Mac synced to your Shazam account. First you have to login into your Shazam account using the web browser. Once you are logged in then you will have to go to the Shazam app on your Mac, which you have to single click on every tagged saved on your Mac, which will open up in your web browser then you have to click add to my Shazam. If you have a lot of tags it can take a while. Like the Shazam app on my iPhone, Shazam should add a button to force Shazam to recognize a song or sound from TV because 5% of the time I don’t think that Shazam is listening to the audio even when I turn it off then back on, it will not dectect the audio but its an rare issue. But having a button to force shazam to listen to audio would be great and if Shazam could add an option to login to Shazam on your Mac so it will sync to your Shazam account is a must. Overall its a good app, never had any problems with the app but there is room for improvement.
Visdyn on 5/20/2016
Was streaming some music and it picked up 80% of them on my desktop iMac. Clicked on the Shazam icon, opened iTunes and made a few music purchases. Very cool. This is an awesome free app.
It’s great but
MH_12 on 4/1/2016
It works perfectly but what’s up with the timer?
Cute icon, nothing else
Peelage on 3/24/2016
Doesn’t work on El Capitan 10.11.4. Didn’t work on El Capitan at all, as a matter a fact. It used to pick up songs up the block somehow, but now I can basically shove a speaker into my hard drive and it can’t figure it out. No sync with your Shazam account, it is basically worthless. Please update! You had such a good run for so long!
Worked just like the iPad version.
jsmith1627 on 3/12/2016
Turned it on and it got every song in a Yanni concert I was watching on TV. Ignored the pledge break music too, good! I’ll keep it. And its free!
Needs alot of work
Mr. Aries on 3/6/2016
I have this app installed on my Macbook pro and it doesnt shazam not 1 track for me at all. Ive uninstalled and reinstalled and still nothing. This is nothing like the app that is on the phone.
Doesn’t Work
Cassie1727372 on 3/3/2016
I love the concept and I wish this would work. But it doesn’t pick up anything. I’m positive my mic is working, I tested it. Even tried another mic. My computer is up to date and not old at all. No idea why it doesn’t but this would be a great app if it would pick up the music.
Doesn’t work. At all
A.Fletcher on 2/19/2016
It doesn’t work. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled. It launches, looks all happy, and NEVER identifies a song. Just sits there eating up system resources and not doing anything.
doesn’t work
Dr Amazing on 2/5/2016
The App loads and everything seems fine but it doesn’t recognize anything either from my computer or from the radio.
Wont Install, No response from support
eze1972 on 2/2/2016
Installed this app about a year or so ago. It never worked, just takes up space. Tried to uninstall , but it remains. Emailed support and never heard a word from them. Im in the process of cleaning up my MAC and going to try and remove it again. Hopefully support will respond.
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: Shazam Entertainment Limited
  • Category: Music
  • Released: Jul 31, 2014
  • Current Version Released: Jul 17, 2017
  • Version: 1.2.3
  • Size: 6.1 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 10.10 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 12+
  • Game Center Certified: No
  • Supported Languages: Czech; Dutch; Flemish; English; French; German; Italian; Japanese; Korean; Polish; Portuguese; Russian; Chinese; Spanish; Castilian; Chinese;