iOS 8 Will Let Users Ask Siri, ‘What Song Is Playing?’ [Rumor]

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Want to ask Siri what song is playing and get a definitive answer? In iOS 8 you might be able to, according to a new report.

Apple will reportedly partner with Shazam for a song-recognition feature in the next version of its mobile operating system. For those who don’t know, Shazam has been operating its own song-identification app (a personal favorite of mine) for years.

The app pulls in data from an iPhone or iPad’s microphone, sends it to the cloud for processing, and then returns results to users — allowing you to track down those hard-to-find tracks, without having to spend ages googling lyric fragments.

Apple’s feature will reportedly work in much the same way — although its reported Siri integration will represent a new way of accessing the technology.

The addition of a song-identification feature would be a huge plus for iTunes Radio’s digital track discovery, which also drives music sales from the iTunes music store.

Apple is expected to preview iOS 8 at the forthcoming Worldwide Developers Conference, set to begin June 2. Cult of Mac will have all the details.

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