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Apple is making Shazam a bigger part of your iPhone

Apple is making Shazam a bigger part of your iPhone


iOS 14.2 can identify songs that are playing inside your apps

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Apple bought music recognition app Shazam in 2018, and now it’s integrating it into iOS in another big way — a new Music Recognition feature can identify songs playing around you as well as in apps on your phone. And it even works when you’re listening to music on your headphones.

The new feature is available as a toggle in Control Center, but it does require a developer beta of iOS 14.2 if you want to try it right now. That toggle will look like a little Shazam icon, and you just need to tap it for your iPhone to start listening.

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You could already use Siri to summon Shazam and identify songs playing around you, but being able to identify music in your apps could be handy too — if, say, you’re wondering what song that creator picked for their TikTok or YouTube video.

Interestingly, Android users been able to use Shazam to identify music playing through headphones since June 2019. It’s not clear why the feature took more than a year to arrive on iOS.

We’re not yet sure when the final iOS 14.2 might arrive with this feature — iOS 14 just released the other day — or if it could even slip to a further release. But with new iPhones set to launch sometime in October, perhaps we’ll see a release around then.