Shazam brings music recognition to Chrome with a new extension

Shazam Chrome Extension
Shazam Chrome Extension (Image credit: Google)

What you need to know

  • Shazam is now available as a Chrome extension.
  • The extension can listen to a song and then identify it.
  • Apple Music subscribers will be shown lyrics, music videos, and even be able to listen to the whole song.

Apple-owned music recognition outfit Shazam has launched a new Google Chrome extension that will allow people to identify songs and listen via Apple Music. The extension will allow people to identify songs that are playing including those that are part of movies and TV shows that people might be watching.

With the extension installed users will be able to click a button to initiate Shazam and have it begin listening. Once a song has been identified the extension will show lyrics and more while allowing Apple Music subscribers to then play the full song back for another listen.

Wondering what song is playing in that Netflix or YouTube video, that Soundcloud mix or in a Twitch streamed video game? Download and install the Shazam browser extension to identify music with the click of a button. Discover artists, lyrics and videos for free! Shazam matches 1 BILLION songs every month.

The extension is a free addition to Chrome and can be found in the web store right now. While nobody is going to be using this to identify a song the next time they're in a bar, it could be a great way to figure out that song in the latest episode of Stranger Things, for example.

Shazam is already available across Apple's devices while Siri can also be asked to identify a song when needed, too.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.