We are living in magical times. Sure, the world is on fire, but our devices can tell you the name of just about any song playing in your neighborhood. The future is now! Solutions to this problem have been around for some time in various built-in apps and services, but now a new solution is coming to Chrome: next time you hear a good tune on Netflix or HBO, you can instantly know what it is.
Unsurprisingly, this feature comes to us from Shazam, the king of music recognition software. Shazam’s app caused a barista for the name of a The song is a thing of the past and has since spread to become native to the Apple ecosystem. However, even though Apple has owned Shazam since 2018, the service is still available on all platforms. SummerThe last offer is conveniently an extension for Chrome, making it easy to identify the song in any video playing in your web browser.
Why you should use the Shazam Chrome Extension
Of course, you can use another Shazam method to identify said song, but using this Chrome extension has two advantages: First of all, it’s easy to Shazam something from the same device from which the song is playing. You don’t have to pull out your phone to identify a song playing from your laptop. Second, and even more important to me, is this I can use this extension to identify a song even when I’m using headphones. I stream a lot of movies and TV to my computer through headphones, so using Shazam on my phone wouldn’t be a big help in finding a track.
How to use Shazam in Chrome to identify songs
You can get Shazam for Chrome for free from the Chrome Web Store. To check it directly, you can follow this link. Just choose Add to Chrome, then Add extension on the pop-up window. Once added, you can access Shazam from the Extensions button in your toolbar; you can also pin the extension to the toolbar from this menu for easy access.
WWhile playing any audio source on Chrome, you can click on the Shazam extension to get started. In the pop-up window, click the big Shazam button to start the scan. If there is a match, you will see it here. There have been reports that this extension is buggy and not working for some users, but it seems to be working fine on my end. Besides the occasional failure, the only catch I see is a brief stutter in the sound when you first click the Shazam button, as well as when the plugin completes a scan.
If you want, you can connect this Shazam extension to your Apple Music account (no Spotify support, unfortunately), but you cannot connect to your real Shazam account. Curious.
You can browse your Shazam history from the extension’s “Shazams” drop-down menu. From there, you can listen to old Shazams right from the menu, open the song in Apple Music, or delete Shazams from your history. To erase all of your history, scroll down, click “DELETE ALL, “then click”DELETE ALL” again.