It’s that time of the year when families get together to spend time reminiscing about the past, acting like goofballs, or just enjoying the holidays. And with the new Apple Music Sing feature in iOS 16.2, Apple is introducing a new feature that aims to make sure you can have a bit of fun. Provided that you like to sing a bit of karaoke.
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What Is Apple Music Sing
With many of the songs in Apple Music’s enormous library of music, you’ve already been able to see the lyrics as the song plays. This is great for those who want to sing along with whatever is playing, while ensuring that they get the lyrics right. However, Apple Music Sing has been introduced as a way for you to create a karaoke-like experience.
“Apple Music Sing offers multiple lyric views to help fans take the lead, perform duets, sing backup, and more — all integrated within Apple Music’s unparalleled lyrics experience. Coupled with an ever-expanding catalog that features tens of millions of the world’s most singable songs, Apple Music Sing makes it fun and easy for anyone to participate, however and wherever they choose.”
When enabled, Apple Music Sing lets you use the on-screen slider to either lower, or completely remove, the vocals for the song you are listening to. This is great so you don’t have to worry about trying to find a version of the song that might not have the same tempo, along with finding the written lyrics. Apple has even gone so far as to make it so that you can perform a duet, provided that the song has multiple vocal areas.
Here are a few other features that Apple Music Sing has to offer:
- Adjustable vocals: Users now have control over a song’s vocal levels. They can sing with the original artist vocals, take the lead, or mix it up on millions of songs in the Apple Music catalog.
- Real-time lyrics: Users can sing along to their favorite songs with animated lyrics that dance to the rhythm of the vocals.
- Background vocals: Vocal lines sung simultaneously can animate independently from the main vocals to make it easier for users to follow.
- Duet view: Multiple vocalists show on opposite sides of the screen to make duets or multi-singer tracks easy to sing along to.
While the primary requirement to use Apple Music Sing is to have a device that is capable of running iOS 16.2, Apple has actually added further limitations to this. This new feature is compatible with iPhone models going back to the iPhone 11, along with select iPad models, but is only compatible with the 2022 Apple TV 4K. Here’s the full list of the devices that will be able to use Apple Music Sing:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (third-generation, 2022)
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14 Plus
- iPhone 14 Pro
- iPhone 14 Pro Max
- iPad 9
- iPad 10
- iPad mini 6
- iPad Air 4
- iPad Air 5
- iPad Pro (M1)
- iPad Pro (M2)
- Apple TV 4K (2022)
How To Use Apple Music Sing
As we stated previously the first steps that you need to take if you want to use Apple Music Sing is to make sure that your device is running the latest version of iOS, iPadOS, or tvOS. At the time of this writing, this is only available for those who are testing out Apple’s beta software, as Apple Music Sing is available as part of the iOS 16.2 Release Candidate. However, the final version should be rolling out to more users soon, and here’s how to update your iPhone or iPad:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap General.
- Tap Software Update.
- If an update is available, tap the Download and Install button.
- Enter your passcode to confirm.
With the iOS 16.2 update installed, you now should be able to use Apple Music Sing on your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Locate the song that you want to listen to.
- Tap the song to start playing it.
- Once the song is playing, tap the lyrics button in the bottom left corner of the Now Playing window.
- Look for the microphone button, which should be above the progress bar on the right side.
- Tap the button to turn on Apple Music Sing.
- Drag the slider up and down to adjust the volume of the vocals of the song that you are listening to.
- Start singing along with the song.
- If you want to stop using Apple Music Sing, tap the microphone button to turn this feature off.
Apple didn’t provide specifics when it comes to what songs will support Apple Music Sing. However, in the press release, the company did say that it will be “launching a suite of more than 50 dedicated companion playlists featuring all of the epic songs, duets, choruses, and anthems that have been compelling people all around the world to sing.” Your best bet to finding out whether a song support this new feature is to just look for the Sing button yourself.
Andrew Myrick is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is having a never-ending supply of different keyboards and gaming handhelds that end up collecting more dust than the consoles that are being emulated.