Siri Tip of the Day: What Song is that?

You can ask Siri to listen to the music and tell you what’s playing. Yes, this is Shazam, but Apple bought them, and now it’s part of Siri.

Hey Siri: what song is this?

You may know about an app called Shazam.

Shazam app icon

When activated, Shazam will listen to whichever song is playing on the radio or TV and identify it for you. Very cool, but it gets cooler, because Apple acquired Shazam and added Shazam’s abilities to Siri. So now, instead of launching the Shazam app (which still works, ad-free by the way) you can say “Hey Siri, what song is this…”

Siri, what song is this?

… and get your answer, without opening an app. Pretty neat.

Here’s your answer: Siri knows songs!

Of course there’s a “Buy” button right there alongside the name of the song, in case you have that urge. The main thing is, you can get the name of the song, and the artist.

Try it and see. Quicker and easier than opening an app, available hands-free (“Hey, Siri!”) in case you’re in the kitchen making pancakes.

Author: Christian Boyce

Christian Boyce is a Mac and iPhone expert specializing in teaching people how to use Apple devices better, to get more done with them, and to have more fun doing it. He bought his first Mac (a Mac Plus) in 1986 and his first iPhone in 2007. He's written books and magazine articles, and given seminars at Macworld Expo, MacFair/LA, and the California Computer Expo. Over 30 years in the business.

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