Have your iPhone, iPad, or even Mac listen and identify music you are listening to!

Did you know your iPhone can listen to and identify songs from recorded music that is playing nearby? Several apps do this, but the most popular one is by a company named Shazam. Apple bought Shazam several years ago, and it has now integrated this in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS. Most recently, Apple added it to Control Center in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 as well, so you can invoke it without speaking. To use Shazam to help identify a recorded song that is playing nearby, just ask Siri, “What’s playing?” or tell it “Name that tune” or have some fun and say “Shazam!” To add Shazam to Control Center, navigate to Settings > Control Center, and tap the green + button next to Music Recognition. Then, from Control Center, tap the button to start it listening—you can then return to whatever you were doing. When the song is identified, a notification appears with its name. Tap the notification to open the song in the Music app.

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