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Shazam heads to the desktop with Mac OS X app

No word of a Windows version yet
Thu Jul 31 2014, 12:20

shazamMUSIC DISCOVERY APP Shazam has made its first move onto the desktop, launching an app for Apple's Mac OS X operating system.

Shazam announced its Mac app on Thursday, which will allow Apple laptop and desktop users to recognise music, TV shows or adverts playing around them.

The firm boasts that once it is enabled Shazam for Mac will operate quietly in the background, and will automatically identify any song or TV show played on or near the computer, throwing up a pop-up notification when it does. Clicking on the notification will take you to the Shazam website, where you'll find album information, music videos and links to buy the song at iTunes, Amazon or Google Play.

"The new experience gives you uninterrupted access to explore the world around you without digging out your phone," Shazam said in a blog post.

Unlike Shazam's iOS app, the Mac app isn't capable of serving up song lyrics yet, or redirecting users to Youtube or streaming services. However, the company told Mashable that Shazam for Mac will eventually serve redirects to services such as Spotify.

Shazam chief product officer Daniel Danker said, "Shazam on mobile instantaneously answers fans' questions about what's playing around them, at the touch of a button.

"The magic of Shazam for Mac, is that it anticipates and answers these questions before they're even asked."

Shazam is available to download for free from the Mac App Store now, and soon will come in Apple's mobile operating system with the launch of iOS 8.

It's unclear whether the outfit plans to release a Windows app, but we have put the question to it. µ


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