Shazam has become ubiquitous with IDing that song you hear on the radio, but you might not know that Apple actually owns the service now. And It’s built right into your iPhone without needing to download the app.
You can find it in the Control Center on any iPhone running iOS 14 or later. To set it up, head over to the Settings app, then tap the Control Center tab to see all of the Controls you can add. Scroll down to Music Recognition, tap the “+” symbol, and exit. That will add a new button to the Control Center with the Shazam logo.
Then when you hear a song that you want to identity, all you need to do is open the Control Center (which you can speed up with a Back Tap gesture) and tap the Music Recognition icon. Your iPhone will then listen to what’s playing in the background and notify you via a banner when a song has been properly identified. (Unfortunately, Music Recognition doesn’t stay active, so you’ll need to tap it again when you hear another song.)
Tapping the banner will launch an App Clip with the name of the song and the artist as well as a link to the Shazam app in the App Store. You won’t get as much info as if you had the app installed, but it’s an excellent way to quickly ID that cool song you hear.
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Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.