Shazam has long been the savior of your happy hour dignity by helping you sneakily figure out what song is playing without having to ask the hip bartender. Now those audio recognition powers are coming to your Mac.
Available early this morning, Shazam for Mac works almost exactly like the Auto Shazam that's already available on the familiar mobile apps. It listens continuously to system audio and your Mac's built-in mics for samples and tries to match them to its database of songs, TV shows, and TV ads. If it finds a match, you can click through from a drop down list on your taskbar and learn more about what you're listening to or watching. In the case of TV shows like The Bachelorette, that means links to IMDB profiles and Wikipedia articles. For songs, it's iTunes buy links and lyrics. What are the lyrics to "Roxanne," anyway?