Shazam is a mobile phone app for identifying music being played in the surroundings. It was founded by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang and Dhiraj Mukherjee in the year 1999. It uses the microphone of a mobile phone to sample the music being played nearby. This sample is then matched in a database to find out what song is it. Shazam, in short, answers one very common question that gets asked in a group “What song is this?“. Starting as an Internet startup, it has gained a lot of popularity and business.
Shazam has exclusively been there for smartphones. However, even for nerds who stick to their computers it is sometimes necessary to find out what song is playing on the radio. If you want to use Shazam on your PC or Mac, currently their is no official app. However, we have found a method that works flawlessly as long as you have a microphone in your PC or laptop.
Shazam is offered in three different types of packages as follows:
- Shazam as a free-to-try software
- Shazam Encore a pay-to-play program
- Shazam RED similar to encore but part of the income is donated to charity.
Get Shazam for PC
We are now going to jump directly to the tutorial that lets you download Shazam for PC and get started right away. This tutorial was prepared for Windows PC, so if you want to use it on Mac, it is YMMV. However, we are going to post another tutorial for Mac OSX based computers.
In order to download Shazam on your PC follow the steps mentioned in the video (for those who can’t see the video please read the steps after video).
Important: It is recommended for a smooth download to follow the instructions given here. We have looked into compatibility issues and if you are not able to get it to work then don’t skip steps.
Before we go there, it’s highly recommended that you back up your computer.
You need to install it and then create an account to set it up properly.
Step 1: You need to download an Android emulator called Bluestacks. You can download it from here.
Step 2: Once you have downloaded and installed Bluestacks, you need to run it and let it load. There are sometimes bluestacks errors for various reasons that you might have to go through.
Step 3: On the Bluestacks landing page (home page) you will see a search icon. Click on the search icon and a new dialog box will come.
Step 4: Enter Shazam in the dialog box and let it search for it. Once the search completes, just download from any of the stores. Remember there is only 1 free version of this app. Everything else requires you to pay for it. It costs about USD 5 to purchase it.
Step 5: The download process will shortly end and it will launch the installation of Shazam.
Step 6: When you see the message that Shazam has been installed, you can start using Shazam on PC.
Need more help? You can check out our video guide to installing Shazam on a computer. It will walk you through everything, from downloading and installing Bluestacks right through configuring your computer to listen to itself so Shazam can listen to what’s playing there.
Now that you got Shazam working on computer, you should probably tell your friends about us. If you run into any problem, remember that you can always leave a comment to ask us questions.