Two years after completing its $400 million acquisition of Shazam, Apple is showing developers what the technology can perform when it’s integrated directly with iOS. A version of the iOS 14.2 beta that’s currently in testing includes the opportunity to add Shazam’s Music Recognition in the Control Center panel.
When enabled, it could recognize audio from both external and internal audio sources, so it’s ready whether something is merely experimenting you or if you want to identify a song that’s streaming to your AirPods (an attribute the Android version added this past year).
If you’re running the beta then you can certainly the button from inside your Control Center already, then get access to it by swiping up or down (based on what model iPhone you have) and just press the button. It’s unclear why deeper integration of the Shazam features took such a long time, specifically for an app that execs mentioned “was among the first apps available whenever we launched the App Store” at that time Apple acquired it.