One of the most annoying feelings is when you hear a really catchy tune but can’t seem to figure out the name of the song. Shazam is a music identifier app that was developed to solve this irritating problem. Unlike most apps created by Apple, Shazam is one of the few that were also released for Android devices. This app lets you play any music to it and will find a song match within a database containing over 11 million songs.
The app was once available on the Microsoft Store but was discontinued as of February 2017. If you’re looking for a way to get Shazam for PC, you’re in the right place. Unfortunately, you can’t directly run Shazam on PC, because there are no executable software or browser-based versions currently available. However, you can run Shazam on PC is by using a mobile app emulator.
In this guide, we’ll be using the BlueStacks emulator. BlueStacks essentially emulates an Android device on your PC. Thereby allowing you to access the play store directly from your desktop and download all of your favorite mobile apps onto your desktop.
How To Install Shazam Using BlueStacks Emulator?
Having over 400 million users, BlueStacks is, without doubt, one of the best Android emulators out there. This emulator has a large focus on gaming and performance of Android apps on the PC, hence running something as simple as Shazam on PC will be a piece of cake. However, you must note BlueStacks is essentially a ‘virtual’ Android phone running on your computer. As a result, this will take up a lot of memory and require certain minimum specifications to be met. Please ensure your PC has met the minimum requirements before you proceed to download BlueStacks.
Minimum PC Requirments
- Windows 7 or later
- Intel or AMD Process
- At least 2GB RAM
- 5GB Disk Space available
- Updated graphics drivers
Recommended PC Requirments
- Windows 10
- Intel or AMD Multi-Core Processor
- 8GB RAM
- SSD (solid-state drive) Storage
- Updated graphics drivers
How to Prep Your PC to Run BlueStacks Emulator
Getting Shazam to work on your PC is fairly simple, once you’ve downloaded and installed BlueStacks. Before you begin, there are couple things you need to do.
- First, open up ‘Windows Update’ and click ‘Check for updates’. If there are any updates make sure you download and install them (this process may require your PC to restart).
- Next, if you have any pre-existing virtual machines installed onto your device, for example, Virtual Box, it’s best you uninstall it. It’s often reported that users receive graphic driver errors when both are running.
- Thirdly, your PC needs to have virtualization enabled. You can find the BlueStacks support guide on this by clicking here.
- Lastly, for Shazam to work, you must allow your PC to recognize audio from internal sources. Right-click the stereo icon on the bottom of your screen, select “Open Sound Settings” under the input section, select ‘Manage sound devices’ and then enable ‘Stereo Mix’.
Now that’s done and dusted we can finally get to installing BlueStacks and getting Shazam running on your PC!
How to Download BlueStacks and Install Shazam
Getting Shazam for PC to work is as simple as downloading it directly from a mobile app store. Follow the instructions below:
- Download and Install BlueStacks
- Open the BlueStacks App and login with your Google credentials when prompted to
- Open the Google Play Store app from the virtual home screen
- Search for ‘Shazam’, install it as you would normally do on a phone
- Open the App or return to the BlueStacks home screen and run the app
Well, will you look at that! You now have Shazam running on your PC and once you hit the Shazam icon you will be able to detect any music you play on your computer.
Shazam For PC Alternatives
If you want to save your self from the trouble of going through the entire procedure above, there are several ‘Shazam-like’ applications available and you won’t need a virtual Android emulator like BlueStacks to run it. These applications are great and most of all, they are all free and easily accessible. Check them out!
That’s right, you don’t even need to download anything for this alternative. Cortana is Microsoft virtual assistance and comes pre-installed on Windows 10. All you have to do is open Cortana and ask “What is this song?”. You can then play the music you want to find in Cortana and she’ll do the rest of the work.
Midomi allows you to use your voice or music sounds to instantly connect you to the music you were dying to know the name of. This is a browser-based application so all you have to do is visit the link and press the ‘Click and sing or hum’ button and then play your favorite music to the microphone.
Musixmatch is an amazing app that has a similar user interface to Shazam. It’s available on mobile devices as well as for the desktop on the Microsoft Store. It has updates put out by the developer team behind it and the app supports up to 50+ language lyrics.
We all love Shazam for its clean, simple and easy user interface on the mobile device, so why shouldn’t you be able to experience the same on your desktop?
Downloading Shazam is a relatively painless process, however, if you want to take an easier route we recommend you just use one of the alternatives listed above.