Apple announced a new Apple Music feature that may help you become a karaoke star.
The tech giant’s top music streaming service will get an upgrade “later this month” with the launch of Apple Music Sing. This feature will be available on devices like the iPhone 14 and iPad Air (2022) as an update to the pre-existing Apple Music Lyrics tool for users around the world for free.
When you launch it, you will not only be able to follow the lyrics of the supported song in real time, but also with an extension Launch Sing (Opens in a new tab) You will be able to control the volume of the audio track as well. If you’re just beginning to learn the words and melody of a piece, you can get your hands on the sounds at full volumes; Then as you get more confident in your abilities, you can turn down the artist until you completely overwhelm him and make the performance your own.
Best of all, even when the vocals are being played straight down, the band will still be playing in full voice behind you, and the optional backing of any backing vocalists is also yours.
Apple Music Sing isn’t just for songs with individual singers. You and your partner will be able to do a set of duets – or by reducing the voice of one singer, you will be able to perform a virtual duet with your favorite singer.
However, while we await more details from Apple, it looks like there will be some disappointing limitations to this fun-looking feature, at least at launch.
For one thing, you won’t be able to completely mute the original audio track. We don’t know yet how quiet you can make a singer, but we expect – and hope – that it will be so close to silent that it doesn’t make a difference; We look forward to trying out Apple Music Sing to find out.
Another issue is that since this is an extension of Apple Music Lyrics, we expect that songs that don’t currently support the feature won’t support Apple Music Sing either — and we expect that even songs that don’t all appear on Apple Music Sing right away.
Apple said it would have enough tracks to populate “50 custom accompaniment playlists” with a mix of duets, epic anthems and tear-jerking ballads for the launch of Apple Music Sing; Just don’t expect every track in your library to be supported from the start.
Plus, if you’re someone who uses Apple Music on a non-Apple device — like this writer, who uses it on a Google Pixel 6 — this feature doesn’t seem to be getting in your way. It’s based on Apple’s press release, which says the feature is coming to “compatible iPhone and iPad models as well as the new Apple TV 4K” — no other devices are listed.
We hope that these restrictions will not be in place for a long time, and more users will be able to exclude some of their favorite videos.
Thinking of switching to Apple Music after this announcement? Check out our Apple Music vs Spotify guide to see which service is best for you.