What is Shazam for Mac?
The brand new Shazam for Mac app enables you to discover music when you want and how you want. Previously, the app only operated in the background with Auto Shazam. Now, you can Shazam with one click straight from the menu bar. Keep track of all your past discoveries and access lyrics & music videos, or listen in Apple Music.
Sounds great - but what does ‘Shazam with one click’ mean?
This means that when you click on the Shazam icon in your menu bar, the app automatically opens on the listening screen and Shazam will immediately start identifying the music playing around you.
“Shazam with one click” is on by default for all Shazam for Mac users. Want to turn it off? No problem. Click on the settings icon in the top right hand corner of the home screen and unselect the second option “Shazam with one click from the menu bar”.
If you unselect this option, clicking on the Shazam icon opens the app on the home screen. Of course you can always Shazam from the home screen by simply clicking the Shazam button.
Can I still turn on Auto Shazam?
Yes - simply Double Click the Shazam button on the home screen to turn on Auto Shazam. When Auto Shazam is on, the app works in the background and will notify you when it identifies a song.
By default, Shazam will only auto-listen for 6 hours. You can turn Auto Shazam off at any time by opening the app and clicking the Shazam button or by quitting the app entirely (click on the Settings icon in the app and select 'Quit').
How do I know when Shazam matches a song?
When the app is open, the header will update with the song title, artist name and album artwork. If the app is closed, you will get a system notification.
How do I turn on Dark Mode?
You can turn on Dark Mode by selecting the ‘Dark’ Appearance in ‘General’ in your system preferences. The Shazam interface will automatically update to Dark Mode when you select this option. What does Dark Mode look like? Take a sneak peek below:
But I'm having trouble identifying anything...
You must ensure that your on-board microphone is enabled and set to an input volume high enough to detect external media.
To access this area, open 'System Preferences' from your system icon tray->Select 'Sound'->select the 'Input' tab. Any input volume halfway or above should be absolutely fine.
How can I save my Shazams?
You can then manually add tracks from the Mac app to www.shazam.com/myshazam by doing the following:
- Click on a track in the Mac app. This will open the song on our website.
- Log into My Shazam if you haven't already and you'll see a '+' button in the bottom left-hand corner of the cover art. Hover over the '+' button and you'll see an option called 'Add to My Shazam'.
- Voilà! The track is now saved with the rest of your tags on our website.
Can I manage my notifications?
Yes. First, go to system preferences -> Notifications -> Shazam and change what happens when the app sends a notification.
Is Shazam recording my conversations?
Absolutely not. Once Shazam detects audio it will create a digital "fingerprint" and will try to match that fingerprint with the music collection in our database. Shazam never saves or stores what it hears.