Shazam, an app for identifying songs playing around you, today arrived on the Mac.

The new desktop app largely replicates the Shazam mobile app, which launched on smartphones in 2008, with the exception of one new feature: passive listening. Although the passive listening capabilities may scare off some privacy-conscious users, Shazam calls the feature “magic:”

The app you’ve come to rely on as your go-to music expert has been given a major upgrade for your Mac. Catch the music and TV playing around you without ever digging a phone out of your pocket. Go nuts, match it all.

Shazam for Mac appears to be a natural expansion of the Shazam service. Nothing about today’s launch is surprising, but given how useful the service can be on mobile, the app may thrive in the Mac App Store.

If your interest is piqued, you can give the free app a try here.



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