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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

A Reddit user has discovered that the first beta of iOS 12 includes a Music app feature that allows Apple Music subscribers to search for songs using lyric phrases.

As the image below shows, using the search phrase "Loving you isn't the right thing to do" - the first lines of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" - successfully returns the relevant song, and quotes the lyrical phrase in the single's entry in the results.


MacRumors can confirm that the lyric search does work, but seemingly not yet for all songs with lyrics in the Apple Music archive. Several beta testers on Reddit also chimed in to confirm the feature. As Reddit user abrb3192 notes:
It definitely works. Had a line in my head for weeks and no idea where it came from. Searched "6 gear speed" and it brought back the song Strip That Down by Liam Payne. It's not my cup of tea (the song) but at least I finally have context to the transmission reference.
Assuming the feature makes the final release of iOS 12, Apple Music subscribers should be able to discover songs for which they don't know the name, but only know a select lyric that they can recall hearing as part of a song.

In Apple Music in iOS 11, scrolling down on the "Now Playing" window brings up an option to show song lyrics on most Apple Music songs. Lyrics are not available for all songs, especially new releases, so that might be the reason for the hit and miss results in the iOS 12 beta.

Article Link: iOS 12 Beta Lets Apple Music Subscribers Search for Some Songs Using Lyric Phrases


macrumors 6502a
Mar 12, 2004
Great, since I usually don't remember the title but remember the chorus or some out of left field part of the song.


macrumors 601
Sep 25, 2012
Slapfish, North Carolina

This is how most people try to recall songs that they vaguely remember, they like the lyrics, they can sing some of the lyrics, and they love the tune/rhythm, but they have a hard time recalling the actual title of the song.


macrumors newbie
Aug 1, 2017
This will be a great addition; my only concern is if it will require an exact match. I am horrible with lyrics so normally I am off when trying to search by songs. Google seems to be more forgiving in search results than Siri
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