Shazam’s music ID is now available as a Chrome extension

Update January 10 at 15:44 ET: Shortly after this article was published, the extension was made inaccessible from the Chrome Webshop. At the moment, the apps page on Shazam’s website is still announcing the extension, but the link to it leads to a 404 error. We have contacted Apple (who owns Shazam) to ask what happened and we will update this story again if we hear back or if the extension is re-listed in the store.

The original article continues below.

Today I learned about Shazam’s Chrome extension, which seems to have been out for about a month and can help you identify music playing on the webpage you see. Having the app directly in Chrome can help you find out which song is playing in an ad, trailer or livestream without having to mess around with your phone. (Thanks to 9to5Google to find and point to this smart tool.)

The extension does everything I would expect it to – you go to the tab where the music is playing, press the Shazam button, and it will try to identify the song. If successful, it will provide you with a link to the song in Apple Music (serves as your occasional reminder that Apple owns Shazam). It will also keep track of the songs you have identified on a playlist and let you link your Apple Music account. If you do, you can listen to the entire song in the expansion instead of just a preview.

You can see the songs you have Shazamed and listen to them if you have connected your Apple Music account.

I had good luck testing it – it worked on YouTube, Twitch, SoundCloud and even Wikipedia. Most of the time, it even got the song right, though it speaks more to Shazam’s engine than the expansion itself. I occasionally noticed that the actual sound coming out of my speakers would become a bit static or skip a bit while Shazam was doing his thing, but it did not happen every time and was not unbearable when it did. It’s also worth noting that your mileage may vary here – 9to5Google and several reviews in the Chrome Webshop report that they could not get the app to work.

I also learned today that Wikipedia subtitles songs, with an incredible effect.

I’ll probably keep this extension installed because it’s easy to imagine times when it would be useful – some technology companies play pretty good music before their livestreams, and I’d wasted more time than I would admit in the comment sections of movie trailers that trying to play the song in the background. Of course, most of the time I could just ask Siri what song is playing (or use Snapchat, which has Shazam built-in), but when my phone is in another room or I use headphones, I have an extension to do the same things could come in handy.

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