James Vincent, The Verge:
Shazam can be an incredibly useful app, able to identify songs and find lyrics for them just by listening to the audio. But one big annoyance has been the software’s inability to ‘hear’ music playing through a device’s headphones. Instead, users have to play the song through internal speakers or find a way to direct the sound to their phone or tablet’s microphone.
Not any more. A new feature called Pop-up Shazam in the latest Android version of the app works with audio played through headphones with Shazam working in the background.
As soon as I read this I thought, cool, been waiting for this. But try as I might, could not get this to work in iOS.
If you are listening to the Music app via headphones in iOS, you can fire up Shazam or ask Siri what’s playing. Works perfectly. But if you are watching YouTube via headphones, or perhaps Netflix, Hulu, etc., there does not appear to be a way for Siri or Shazam to hear what you’re hearing.
Not a big deal, but I thought it was interesting that this feature came to Android, given that Apple owns Shazam.
If you do know of a way to Shazam music played through headphones, please reply to this tweet.