Quick! That catchy new track is playing over the gym’s loudspeaker, and you’ve been meaning to figure out its name for days.
Grab an Android phone. Say, “Okay, Google — What song is this?”
Within a few seconds, it’ll spit out an answer. (plus a link to buy the song, if you’re so inclined.)
But what if you grab an iPhone, instead? You bring up Siri, and say “Siri, what song is this?”
Maybe she’ll just sit there. Maybe she’ll crack a witty one-liner. Either way, she won’t have any idea what song is playing.
According to the latest iOS 8 rumors, Apple wants to fix that.
Citing the ever-insightful “people with knowledge”, Bloomberg reports that Apple is working with Shazam on a music fingerprinting/identification feature that’ll be tied into Siri right alongside your appointment reminders and sport score updates.
So what’s in it for Shazam? Amongst other things , this presents an opportunity for Shazam to build a semi-permanent revenue stream right into iOS. If Shazam can convince Apple to cough up a few cents every time a user clicks the “buy track” button after Siri IDs a track, that’s easy money.
We’re just about two months away from Apple’s annual WWDC conference, where the company traditionally debuts the latest major release of iOS. You know what the means? It’s iOS rumor season. Except lots, and looots of iOS rumors over the next few weeks – partly because more people are being clued into what Apple has been working on, and partly because others get the itch to make stuff up when they know an announcement is looming.
While there’s no shortage of song identification apps on the App Store, iOS is the only operating system amongst the top 3 (the others being Android and Windows Phone) to not have it built right in. Android offers it up right on the homescreen through the aforementioned voice-search widget, while Windows Phone tucks it right behind the device’s ever present search button.