iOS 14.2 turned out to be a pretty big update considering it was a point release update. It not only refreshes the look of the currently playing screen in both the lock screen and Control Center, but also brings new features. One of the new features is the new “Music Recognition” feature in Control Center that lets you identify songs playing in the background or on your iPhone. In this post, I will show you how to use Music Recognition feature in iOS 14.2 to identify songs.
Use Music Recognition to Identify Songs in iOS 14.2
Music Recognition is the system-level integration of the Shazam app in iOS 14.2. If you remember, Apple bought Shazam a while ago and was slowly integrating it with iOS. The integration is quite powerful and different from the Shazam app. Although the Shazam app could detect what was playing around you, it didn’t work when you used it to identify the songs playing on your iPhone.
Control Center toggle for Shazam (Music Recognition) is now a system-level feature Identify the songs playing on your iPhone. And it doesn’t have to play on speakers. It can identify music even when using headphones. This is pretty cool.
There are times when I’m streaming a video or watching a TV show and I want to know what songs are playing in the background. But I can’t because I don’t have an extra device. With this new feature I will be able to do this in seconds. Also, after identifying a song, you can tap the “Listen on Apple Music” button to play it on Apple Music. With all that said, let’s see how it works, shall we?
1. First, make sure your phone is updated to iOS 14.2. Currently in public beta. If you’re using a stable build, you’ll need a week or two. If you wish, you can learn how to participate in the public beta by clicking the link.
2. Now go to Settings -> Control Center.
3. Here, scroll down to find “Music Recognition” and Tap the (+) button to appear in the “Included Controls” list.
4. Now, while a song is playing around you or on your iPhone, find the button in the Control center and tap on it to identify the song.
5. After identifying the song, long press on it to reveal more information Along with the “Listen on Apple Music” button.
Identify Songs Playing on iPhone Using Music Recognition
I like this feature as it allows me to identify songs from TV shows and movies that I like. My only complaint is that it doesn’t keep a history of defined songs like the Shazam app did in the past.
And since I don’t use Apple Music, there’s no easy way to start the song in a streaming music app and save it there. I’m currently using iOS 14’s back tap to take a quick screenshot to save song information. Hopefully, I can improve this feature in the future.
What do you think of these new Music Recognition features? Let us know in the comments below.