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Siri, what’s that song? iOS 8 could bring music identification!

The Gadget Show  Thursday 17 April 2014

Siri, what’s that song? iOS 8 could bring music identification!

Apple’s currently hard at work improving Siri, potentially even taking it offline, but it looks like one of the other improvements on the way could be to help you name that song – just like Shazam! Could you see this pop up in iOS 8 at WWDC? Read on for all the details!

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is working on baking in music identification into Siri. You’ll be able to ask your digital assistant on your iPhone or iPad to work out what song is playing in the background. Bloomberg reports that Apple is joining forces with Shazam and its current music identification app to add that functionality into Siri.

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Just like with Twitter, the song identification feature will be incorporated straight into iOS, meaning you won’t have to download any additional apps – and all you need to do is ask Siri, “What song is playing?” to be given the complete track info. Currently, Apple’s iOS is the only major mobile operating system to not feature track recognition off the bat – Android lets you search for tracks with its built-in voice search, while Windows Phone offers it with its omnipresent search feature. With Shazam though, Apple could have the most feature-rich version to offer, and it could quickly tie in with the iTunes Store to let you quickly purchase that song – is that something you’d like?

What do you think of Siri getting music identification powers? Will you use it, or will you stick to Shazam? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Siri, Shazam, iTunes, music, iOS, iPhone

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I remember an application similar to this, recognizing the songs played, on the old nokia 5530 xpress music , symbian OS that's no big deal at all.

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John Moppett

For me, it's unecessary, but then, I only use Shazam very rarely!

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