According to the Wednesday report, Apple is planning to incorporate a song identification feature as a new addition to iOS 8, and is working with Shazam to roll out the capability.
Song identification capabilities are believed to gather sound from an iPhone or iPad’s microphone, and after transfering it to the cloud for processing, return results to device owners.
Along with Shazam, the company will be able to offer users a way to discover a song that is playing on the radio or from another source, such as a TV, using a small music clip.
Shazam, itself, has previously marketed its own song identification app and technology in the App Store. The service’s system acts in the very similar way as solution described by sources, suggesting Apple may simply pull data into a first-party app as it does with Weather and Stocks.
Unlike some of the company’s other music-releated features, including Podcasts and iTunes U, it will be built into the OS directly rather than require a separate download.
According to Bloomberg:
“The song-identification feature will be integrated into the mobile software in the same way that Twitter’s service is currently incorporated, meaning consumers don’t need to separately download it. Among the ways it can be used will be through Apple’s voice-activated search feature, Siri. An iPhone user will be able to say something like “what song is playing,” to find out the tune’s details, one person said.”
Shazam, a popular service with running on 20 percent of iPhones in March 2013, now boasts some 90 million users.
Apple traditionally previews its operating system updates at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference slated to begin on June 2.