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In 2008, Shazam did something unthinkably amazing: It gave music fans the power to instantly identify any song just by pointing an iPhone at it. Never again would we have to play “name that tune” at the coffee shop; no longer would we wonder which Daft Punk remix was playing in spin class (even if we had to hide our device from the more militant instructors).

The thing is, Shazam can do a lot more than ID an artist and song title. Read on to tap into the app’s full power.

Link your library
Shazam benefits from powerful integration with the 50-million-song Apple Music catalog. Connecting accounts lets you play any song you ID right inside Shazam, while also adding the track to a My Shazam Tracks playlist in Apple Music so you can revisit it later. If you ID a song you really love (say, “New Rules” by Dua Lipa), you can have Shazam play it from start to finish—all within the app.

When you hear a song and don’t know the artist, Shazam will save the day.

Learn the words
Shazam doesn’t merely identify tracks—it gives you the lyrics. Swipe to see them either line by line or all at once. This is especially helpful for “Rock Me Amadeus,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and pretty much anything by Kendrick Lamar.

Some lyrics are easier to learn than others.

Go big or go local
With Shazam’s numerous searchable charts (available on the Discover tab), you can keep an eye on what everybody else is listening to. See what’s happening across the globe, or drill down to your hometown, by tapping “Country and City Charts” and searching for the nearest metro area.

Just ask Siri to do it
Want to go hands-free? Siri can do the work for you without even opening the app (this works with HomePod as well.) Just ask, “Hey Siri, what song is this?”—even to your HomePod—and boom: Siri will tell you you’re listening to Ace of Base. It’s cool. We all do it sometimes.

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