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Since the release of iOS 14.2 in 2020, the iPhone has included a built-in Music Recognition feature in Control Center powered by Shazam. And with iOS 16, and also the iOS 15.6 beta, the feature has received a small but useful upgrade.

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As noted by Twitter user @someone_andrew, songs identified with Music Recognition in Control Center finally sync with the Shazam app.

It also remains possible to view a list of previously identified songs by long pressing the Music Recognition control in Control Center, but syncing with the Shazam app is a useful addition for those who rely more on the app, which is free on the App Store.

Apple acquired Shazam in 2018 for a reported $400 million and has been steadily improving the service since by removing ads from the app and more. In September 2021, Apple announced that the Music Recognition feature in Control Center had surpassed one billion cumulative recognitions across the iPhone and iPad since launching.

Music Recognition can be added to Control Center in the Settings app under the Control Center menu. From there, scroll down and tap the "+" button next to the "Music Recognition" option, which is shown with a Shazam logo.

Article Link: iPhone's Built-In Music Recognition Feature Syncs With Shazam App on iOS 16
 
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JMO1

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The whole UX of music recognition is horrible. If I ask Siri what song is playing I have to navigate to iTunes to find it. Prior to ios16 co from center kept it in one location and the app in another. I don’t know why this isn’t unified, but there are times the song I asked for is no where to be found.
 

Hushpuppy!

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since Apples integration of Shazam I’ve since been using it by invoking Siri and saying “what am I listening to”. Once the song is recognized, which for me is %99 of the time, it then gives you the option to get that song in Apple Music.
Having to open control centre and press a button just seems archaic at this point.
 

casperghst42

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They might have remove direct advertising, but limit music services to Apple Music - gone are the links to YouTube and Amazon. Better maybe, but less useful.
 
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salutcemoi

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It would be great if the Apple Music app just had a section for recognized songs history.
There is a Shazaam playlist in Apple playlist
Now that IOS 16 syncs the built in search with the Shazaam app, future searches should appear in that playlist
 
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tobian

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there was a music recognition app called Midomi, but when Shazam came out, this app disappeared from appstore and some two years later, it stopped working.

what a pity! Midomi was superior to Shazam. it was accurate, and it was able to recognize by telling words without melody, or by humming or whistling without words. It was also free with no ads.
 

Wombert

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It would be great if the Apple Music app just had a section for recognized songs history.
There is a "Sync Shazams to Apple Music" option in the Shazam app. You then get a "My Shazam Tracks" playlist in Apple Music.

Issue until now was that songs recognized via the Control Center shortcut would not be included in that list. Glad that's finally getting fixed in iOS 16.
 

brijazz

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There is a Shazaam playlist in Apple playlist
Now that IOS 16 syncs the built in search with the Shazaam app, future searches should appear in that playlist

Under iOS15, running Music Recognition from Control Center does result in the found track appearing in the Shazam app, but doesn't get added to the playlist. Kinda weird that it doesn't sync it to the playlist already, but hopefully iOS16 will remedy this.
 

Alkutraz

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There is a "Sync Shazams to Apple Music" option in the Shazam app. You then get a "My Shazam Tracks" playlist in Apple Music.

Issue until now was that songs recognized via the Control Center shortcut would not be included in that list. Glad that's finally getting fixed in iOS 16.
Any way to get this without having the Shazam app installed?

Not sure why this isnt just part of Apple Music. I've got a sub to it and Apple provides a built in way to do this, it should add it automatically to an Apple Music playlist without needing the Shazam app.
 
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