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Apple-owned Shazam has released an updated version of the app with a new feature that can identify songs from other apps while you're listening using headphones.

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Shazam has been able to recognize songs from other apps for some time, but if headphones were connected to your iPhone, the feature wouldn't work, until now. The latest version of the app, v17.3, fixes that limitation.

The feature works when wired or bluetooth headphones are connected, and they don't have to be Apple-made accessories, so third-party headphones are also supported.

To use the feature, open the Shazam app, check for the headphone icon to confirm your headphones are connected, and then you'll be able to start recognizing music around you or within apps like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube.

Apple acquired Shazam in 2018, and has been gradually bringing the app into closer alignment with ‌Apple Music‌ ever since, offering trials to the streaming service through the app and the ability to sync Shazams directly to ‌Apple Music‌.

Shazam can be downloaded from the App Store for free. It can be accessed through the Control Center on ‌‌iPhone‌‌ and ‌‌iPad‌‌, through ‌Siri‌ commands, or on the Mac, as well as via widgets.

Article Link: Shazam Now Identifies Songs in Other Apps When Using Headphones
 

InnSuu

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shazam recently 'lost' my shazams, well over a decade of shazams. That's a lot of iphones and a lot of updates all free from shazasters.

As shazams are tied to my email it is galling to be told they are lost.

After a shazam update towards the end of last year my shazam count was zero. I'm not the only one. Deeply disappointing responses from Apple support, at all levels, unfortunately (to me, a sure sign they messed up).
 

jayryco

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Looking back when Apple purchased Shazam I was very excited at the possibilities of whatever may come. Now all these years later I can say, from a user experience, not much has changed and the OS integrations across Apple platforms are really minor.

It be weird like that.

Perhaps the core technology benefits background systems more than end users? Has Apple done anything significant with Shazam at all?
 

bikrrr

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This is not a new feature for anyone who initiates music recognition from Control Center, as it already recognizes music in headphones.

I almost exclusively use Control Center to start my Shazams and thought it was a bug that it didn't recognize music over headphones from the app itself. I even submitted feedback FB12222866 back in June on this.
 

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diamond.g

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Looking back when Apple purchased Shazam I was very excited at the possibilities of whatever may come. Now all these years later I can say, from a user experience, not much has changed and the OS integrations across Apple platforms are really minor.

It be weird like that.

Perhaps the core technology benefits background systems more than end users? Has Apple done anything significant with Shazam at all?
I was hoping they would make it into a "Now Playing" competitor. Doesn't seem like that is in the cards.
 
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Sorinut

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This is not a new feature for anyone who initiates music recognition from Control Center, as it already recognizes music in headphones.

I almost exclusively use Control Center to start my Shazams and thought it was a bug that it didn't recognize music over headphones from the app itself. I even submitted feedback FB12222866 back in June on this.

If you want Shazam to add your finds to a playlist, the control center option only work with Apple Music. You have to use the full app for them to be added to Spotify.
 

truth_speech

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I have a question, does anyone know if Shazam is better than Google's 'song search' function, where you can hum or play a song and it will identify it.
 

bikrrr

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If you want Shazam to add your finds to a playlist, the control center option only work with Apple Music. You have to use the full app for them to be added to Spotify.

Yeah, and even the Apple Music integration is flaky!

It wouldn't sync to Apple Music unless I toggled Sync Shazams to Apple Music off, then on again (FB12534892). So I just gave up and no longer try to sync them and just manually review my Shazams regularly, and add tracks I like directly to an Apple Music playlist from within Shazam.
 
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profwafflez

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Curious if anyone else has had this issue, but after Apple bought Shazam the app has slowly gotten unusable for me. Likely 80% of the time it can't pick up on music when I'm not that far from the very loud speaker and the rest of that 80% my phone can pick up on the music but shazam can't identify the music.

I've often wondered if it's because the mic on iPhones has been engineered to block out background noise
 

ChromeAce

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Is this really a headphones-only feature as the article implies or does it also work when connected to a Bluetooth car audio system?
 
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