If you have music on your iPhone then you likely have tried and probably still use Shazam for iOS. There’s no easier or faster way to discover the songs you can hear but can’t identify.
Put Shazam for Mac on Auto and it hears what you hear, then finds the song for you. That’s what the Mac version of Shazam does, too. It’s music recognition technology gone wild.
Not only does Shazam listen to what’s playing, one click takes you to more song details, lyrics, accompanying music videos, and an option to buy the song. The Mac version listens through the Mac’s built-in microphone or a mic plugged into the Mac’s microphone port (I tested it with a USB mic and that did not work; oh well).
Shazam shows up in the Mac’s Menubar and sits there listening to what’s going on around you. When it can identify a song you’ll get a notification with the song name, artist, and track (both in Notification Center and the Shazam menu).
So far, no complaints. I can run Pandora or Spotify on my Mac which is plugged into a speaker system, left and right of the Mac’s screen. Shazam uses the Mac’s built-in microphone to listen to music and identify each song, whether coming from the Mac or the nearby radio, or even my iPhone (doesn’t work quite so well thanks to the iPhone’s tiny speakers).
Not bad for free, but I’m now wondering how many ways technology can figure out how to sell me something.