iOS 8 to include song identification feature powered by Shazam

iOS 8 Shazam

Apple is planning to include a music discovery feature in iOS 8 that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, according to Bloomberg.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is working with Shazam, the company that offers one of our favorite song recognition apps in the App Store.

Bloomberg reports:

The company is planning to unveil a song-discovery feature in an update of its iOS mobile software that will let users identify a song and its artist using an iPhone or iPad, said two people with knowledge of the product, who asked not to be identified because the feature isn’t public. Apple is partnering with Shazam Entertainment Ltd., whose technology can quickly spot what’s playing by collecting sound from a phone’s microphone and matching it against a song database. 

The report notes that the feature will be integrated in iOS 8, so users won’t have to download an app. Users will also be able to use the feature using Siri, Apple’s personal assistant feature, which should make it a lot more convenient to use the feature while driving.

Among the ways it can be used will be through Apple’s voice-activated search feature, Siri. An iPhone user will be able to say something like “what song is playing,” to find out the tune’s details, one person said. 

After identifying the music, Shazam’s iOS app currently allows you to listen to the song on streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora, so it is probably safe to assume that the feature will be integrated with iTunes Radio, so users can listen to the song for free if its available on Apple’s music streaming service, or buy the song from iTunes.

iOS 8 Shazam - iTunes Radio

Shazam’s iOS app also allows you to identify television shows and other media, so it is possible that Apple will offer similar functionality in iOS 8 as well.

Apple is expected to unveil iOS 8, the major mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the WWDC 2014 Keynote on June 2nd.

iOS 8 is expected to come with new features and improvements such as an all-new Healthbook app, improved Maps app with improved points-of-interest data, public transit directions in select cities, augmented reality and indoor mapping, all-new Preview and TextEdit apps to make it easier to access documents in iCloud, inter-app communication capabilities, a new Tips app, standalone app for iTunes Radio, improved Notification and lots more. Check out the latest updates on our iOS 8 category page.

I am glad that Apple is finally integrating Shazam’s music discovery feature in iOS 8. It has been on my wish list for quite sometime.

[via Bloomberg]