Are you still using Windows 8 or 8.1? You may remember that Shazam used to be available in the store. But when you went to look for it – it’s gone!
Let’s face it – you’re part of a vanishing breed. Windows 8 was slow to catch on, and with Microsoft’s free (and pretty much forced) update to Windows 10, you really had to make an effort to keep this operating system on your computer. And it can leave you feeling a bit abandoned now.
Yes, sadly Shazam decided to discontinue development for Windows. Why? They never said. But in February 2017 they announced the “sunsetting” of the program, which meant it was pulled from the Windows store and their own website.
If you already had Shazam installed, it may still work, at least until there are changes in Windows itself that make it incompatible. Technology marches on – sometimes leaving our favorites behind.
If you didn’t have it installed, you’re probably out of luck. Sure, there are some websites around that may have an installer available for download. But it’s hard to tell when these are legitimate sites. Many are just looking for an opportunity to sneak a virus onto your machine.
So what are your alternatives?
- Live without Shazam on your PC
- Take the risk and download it from a third-party website
- Install the Android version on your PC using Bluestacks.
We recommend the last one.
Why Choose Bluestacks
Bluestacks is an Android emulator for PC. That is, it is a program that runs Android apps inside it. It’ll let you run practically any app from the Google Play Store.
Shazam for Android is still going strong, and there are no signs it’s going away. You can expect updates for a long time to come. You get the app as it was intended to be – a mobile app. But you get the convenience of being able to run it on your Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 computer.
Windows 8 and 8.1 meet the minimum system requirements for installing Bluestacks. While the emulator runs best on Windows 10, your system is still acceptable. You can find complete system recommendations and our installation guide for Shazam on Windows here.
Is Shazam for Windows Coming Back?
So far, we’ve seen no signs that Shazam intends to re-release its app for Windows at all. It’s highly unlikely that it would come out for Windows 8 or 8.1 since these systems make up a tiny share of operating systems currently in use.
Also, it wasn’t a commonly-downloaded app from the Windows store during Windows 8 or the first couple years of Windows 10.
If you’re among the frustrated people who want Shazam on your Windows 8.0 or 8.1 systems, take heart! You can still do it with a little help from Bluestacks. Follow the guide and find out what that song is that you just can’t put your finger on!