You've probably had the experience of listening to the radio and wondering the name of the song that's playing—maybe it's new to you and you're wondering who the artist is, or maybe it's familiar but you can't remember the name. Now with iOS 8, Siri can help. In the past, you could ask Siri to identify music playing on your device, but with iOS 8 you can ask Siri to identify any ambient music. And, conveniently, Siri also makes it easy to purchase the song or album.
How to use Siri
Play a song on any device for Siri to hear, and Apple's voice assistant can identify it for you in the latest operating system. Do you often find yourself listening to a great but unfamiliar song on the radio and wanting to know its name? Apple device owners who've upgraded to iOS 8 can now ask Siri. Siri has long been able to identify a song being played on the same device. For example, if you're listening to a tune on your iPhone, you can ask Siri: "What song is this," and it will tell you. But in iOS 8, Siri's musical abilities have gone a step further. You can now play a song on a different device, on the radio, on a CD, or on some other source, and Siri should be able to name that tune for you. Here's how it works:. Start playing the song you want to identify if it's not already playing.
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Siri, Apple's voice-powered virtual assistant, is pretty musically inclined. She's been able to manipulate your music library for quite some time, letting you play specific tracks, albums, and genres with a simple command. Now with iOS 8, her musical powers have expanded even further. For those with downloaded music on their iOS device, you can use Siri to rate songs in your music collection. While you're listening to a song, just access Siri via the home button and tell her "Rate this song four stars," for example.
We will cover basic volume and playback commands, as well as tips and tricks on how to play and manage your favorite music. Here we can look into all music commands, which Siri understands. Spotify has more than 50 million songs, and Siri supports the free, as well as the premium subscription. However, since Spotify supports Siri shortcuts, we can customize our music commands and even initiate Spotify playback from the HomePod. We have quite some options when it comes to controlling the music volume unless we are listening on Apple TV, where we have to use the remote anyway. The same goes for the Apple Watch, where we can use the crown to change the volume more efficiently. If you forget to indicate whether it should be softer or louder, Siri will check back and ask you. There are so many ways to navigate the over 60 Million songs, that we need to structure this a bit …. The list of genres and sub-genres is huge. We are only including the main genres here, if you are looking for more specific sub-categories, check out the link above.