Quick! That catchy song is on TV again, but you don’t know what it is. By the time you unlock your iPhone and open Shazam, it’s too late. Fortunately, in iOS 8, Siri offers a couple new ways to do the tricky work or you.
To start Shazam, simply activate Siri. Siri will start listening to the sound around you, and identify the song. This process tends to take an averge of about 7 seconds to discover a song, when it works. The other method works much more consistently.
If you want to make sure that Siri will listen for a song, start off by saying something like “What song is this?” or “What’s this song?” Although it takes a little more effort, this method can be better if you need Siri to quickly know what to do. If the environment is noisy, it might be a good time to clarify what Siri should be listening for. It generally takes about 12 seconds to identify a song with this procedure.
If the identified song is on the iTunes Store, it gives a link to the song for purchase. Unfortunately, Siri won’t save tags for later like the paid app does if the device has no internet connection. However, most users have surely experienced a time when it took just a little too long to open the app. Users of Shazam will surely be happy about Siri’s new feature. Either method through Siri is more convenient than the old way of using Shazam.
Are you pleased with Apple’s decision to integrate Shazam with Siri? Would you have preferred a different song identification app? Share your thoughts in the comments below!