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Hands-On With iOS 14.2's New Shazam Music Recognition Toggle in Control Center

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Shortly after launching iOS 14, Apple introduced an upcoming iOS 14.2 update, which is now available to developers and public beta testers ahead of a public release that could come at some point in October.


The iOS 14.2 update mainly focuses on the Control Center, introducing a new Music Recognition toggle that deepens the Shazam integration in the iPhone and iPad. We thought we'd test out the new Shazam toggle in the Control Center in our latest YouTube video, giving those who haven't installed the beta a look at what it does.

For those unfamiliar with Shazam, it's designed to listen for music that's playing, providing a song title and artist for identification purposes. Apple's iPhones and iPads have long had Shazam integration, available through the Shazam app and by asking Siri to identify a song that's playing.

After years of Siri integration, Apple acquired Shazam in 2017, and the acquisition was finished in 2018, but until now, Apple hasn't made a move to make song recognition a system-level function.

iOS 14.2 adds a new "Music Recognition" toggle to the Control Center, which you can tap whenever music is playing to get a song recognition. Note that Music Recognition is distinct from Sound Recognition, an Accessibility feature introduced in iOS 14 to help those who are hard of hearing listen for sounds like alarms.

The Music Recognition toggle doesn't show up in Control Center by default (at least in the beta), but it can be enabled by opening up the Settings app, choosing Control Center, and then scrolling down and tapping the "+" button next to Music Recognition.



Tapping the Music Recognition button in Control Center will cause an iPhone or iPad to listen for a song that's playing, and when a song is recognized, you'll be notified through a pop up banner. Tapping the banner opens up Shazam, but a long press will give you the option to open the song right in Apple Music, which is handy for Apple Music subscribers.

Music Recognition works with songs playing in the ambient environment as well as songs playing on your iPhone. So if you're watching a video and want to know what song is in it, you can just tap the Music Recognition toggle to find out. It even works when AirPods are connected, so the sound doesn't need to be out loud. This was possible with a Siri command before, but the functionality is easier to use with the simple Control Center toggle.

Along with Music Recognition, there are a few other bonus tweaks in the iOS 14.2 update. The Now Playing interface in Control Center has been redesigned and now, when there's no music playing, it will show suggestions based on songs and albums that you've listened to recently. The design has also been streamlined, and if you want to AirPlay to other devices, there's now a little toggle to tap that brings up all nearby AirPlay 2 compatible devices in a list, rather than displaying them at all times in the widget.

iOS 14.2 also adds one more Accessibility feature, enhancing the Magnifier app on the iPhone. There's now an option to turn on People Detection in Magnifier, which lets the app detect people to let those with low sight know when someone is within six feet. The People Recognition option is also able to identify specific people that have been labeled in the Photos app using the iPhone's facial detection feature.

The iOS 14.2 update is available to both developers and public beta testers at this time, so anyone can test it out if desired. It is a beta, so expect some bugs. iOS 14.2 will likely be in beta testing for some time as we await new iPhones, with a launch perhaps coming later in October.

Article Link: Hands-On With iOS 14.2's New Shazam Music Recognition Toggle in Control Center
 
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The Barron

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If the new 14.2 Update is as bug-prone with issues as the original iOS 14 was, PLEASE iron out the kinks before you release it, Apple. I know too many people who have screwed up their Apple watches, iPads & iPhones with battery issues, color shifts, pages that will not load, freeze up, etc. due to updating to iOS 14. :mad:
 

RevTEG

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If the new 14.2 Update is as bug-prone with issues as the original iOS 14 was, PLEASE iron out the kinks before you release it, Apple. I know too many people who have screwed up their Apple watches, iPads & iPhones with battery issues, color shifts, pages that will not load, freeze up, etc. due to updating to iOS 14. :mad:

I know many are having a different experience, but I’m with you on this one. I’m currently running 14.2 PB on my 2018 12.9. I’m still having issues with battery, widgets not working, some apps are not the correct size and I keep getting stuck with the spinning “wheel” in the upper right corner, which drains the battery really fast. A restart stops the spinning “wheel” but only for a few hours. I‘ve done all I know to do except for erasing and fresh install. Again, not hating on Apple, I’m positive many are not having these issues. However, for me, iOS/PadOS14 has been the most unstable update I‘ve ever experienced.
 

nymphe

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It is SoundHound and it still can do it. I used this feature on a French song couple of weeks ago and it recognized the song.

btw I can’t speak French, so I just hummed the melody, so no words at all.

(The song is: une belle histoire)


A long long time ago, Shazam or Soundhound (can't remember which one) was smart enough to recognize and name a song if you just hummed it. It was magical, and I swear I'm not hallucinating it. Now neither seems capable of this. Does anyone know of an app that has this capability?
 

AppleGuesser

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If the new 14.2 Update is as bug-prone with issues as the original iOS 14 was, PLEASE iron out the kinks before you release it, Apple. I know too many people who have screwed up their Apple watches, iPads & iPhones with battery issues, color shifts, pages that will not load, freeze up, etc. due to updating to iOS 14. :mad:
This is a tired quote. For everyone of these posts, 100 are positive about ios 14. The only mistake apple made was moving from GM to Public release in about a day instead of 1-2 weeks. Other than that, this is better than iOS 13 or 11 judging from the hate comments here on MacRumors.
 

EM2013

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A long long time ago, Shazam or Soundhound (can't remember which one) was smart enough to recognize and name a song if you just hummed it. It was magical, and I swear I'm not hallucinating it. Now neither seems capable of this. Does anyone know of an app that has this capability?
It is SoundHound and it still can do it. I used this feature on a French song couple of weeks ago and it recognized the song.

btw I can’t speak French, so I just hummed the melody, so no words at all.

(The song is: une belle histoire)
Learn something new everyday. I didn’t even know that was a thing.
 
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soanis

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A long long time ago, Shazam or Soundhound (can't remember which one) was smart enough to recognize and name a song if you just hummed it. It was magical, and I swear I'm not hallucinating it. Now neither seems capable of this. Does anyone know of an app that has this capability?
SoundHound can still do this for me at times, way better at that than Shazam
 

soanis

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Does anyone know about the Siri command used to do what can now be done in CC?
unless it’s the „what’s playing“ or „what is this song“ meant here
 

sjalfr

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I just want to see my books cover art on my iPad, not those generic bland covers Apple is pushing. Seems like Apple is diminishing the experience for things that they don't sell.
 

mdwsta4

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This would be a helpful first look if the guy ACTUALLY HAD SHAZAM INSTALLED ON HIS PHONE! Geez. The handy part about Shazam is identifying a song in the app which saves to a list. By using the Control Center shortcut does it automatically save the song to your Shazam list in the app? If not, this seems pretty pointless. I, personally, use Shazam to identify songs I don't know or remember songs which I'll later add to a playlist. The Shazam list has them all in one convenient place for me to access.

So anyone else that's on 14.2 beta and uses Shazam, would you please be able to confirm that songs captured using CC show in the app?
 

GermanSuplex

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Apple Music purely for radio and on-demand streaming has been fine since its inception, but the iCloud Music Library was shoddy and terrible for awhile if you were migrating a meticulously manually-curated library with playcounts, ratings, playlists, etc.

I've tried it multiple times over the years, and it never seemed to work well. I finally gave it another go a few weeks ago, and it finally synced everything perfectly.

Having easy-access to Shazam, which I've used for years, sync to an Apple Music playlist works great. This will make it even better.
 

Zandros

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This would be a helpful first look if the guy ACTUALLY HAD SHAZAM INSTALLED ON HIS PHONE! Geez. The handy part about Shazam is identifying a song in the app which saves to a list. By using the Control Center shortcut does it automatically save the song to your Shazam list in the app? If not, this seems pretty pointless. I, personally, use Shazam to identify songs I don't know or remember songs which I'll later add to a playlist. The Shazam list has them all in one convenient place for me to access.

So anyone else that's on 14.2 beta and uses Shazam, would you please be able to confirm that songs captured using CC show in the app?
If you ask Siri, the song is saved to a list in the iTunes Store app (top right corner menu). I assume the same would be the case here.
 

antnythr

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If you ask Siri, the song is saved to a list in the iTunes Store app (top right corner menu). I assume the same would be the case here.

This isn't a very useful location to store a list of songs you'd like to play in Apple Music, especially since Apple is trying very hard to push people away from iTunes and onto their streaming service. Shazam links requested songs to a playlist you can play right from Apple Music and it's super convenient.
 
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katbel

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I hope you will be able to use AirPods with Shazam while listening to a song and being able to have the lyrics even if you are listening to your own songs and not an Apple Music fan.... right now doesn’t work 14.01
At least I’ve tried and didn’t succeed
 

bobtem

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Fourteen Two’s...? Couldn’t you write that with out an awkward sounding possessive form? And cut the headline word-count in half, so it’s, you know, a headline.
 

amartinez1660

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So if you're watching a video and want to know what song is in it, you can just tap the Music Recognition toggle to find out. It even works when AirPods are connected, so the sound doesn't need to be out loud. This was possible with a Siri command before, but the functionality is easier to use with the simple Control Center toggle.
I declare myself guilty of putting the song out loud on one device while using another to Shazam the speakers... will check for that Siri command in the meantime.
 
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