And now, Apple is revealing another technological trick up its sleeve. Apple Music SingAvailable later this month, it will offer subscribers the ability to turn millions of the platform’s most popular songs into lyricless chants, all powered by artificial intelligence and proprietary processing technology.
Very soon you will be able to pretend to be one of your favorite artists. It’s an ingenious trick that will work on new ones iPhones And iPadsand on the latest version of the Apple TV 4Kif you want to have a group sing in the living room.
Apple is adding a fader on the playback interface that adjusts the volume of the voice in any song supported by the new feature. The timing of displaying lyrics has also been improved.
People who already enjoy using Apple Music’s lyrics experience to sing along with songs for personal enjoyment or social media videos will already be quite familiar with what the updated lyrics feature looks like. It now highlights lyrics at the exact moment they appear in songs, and has the ability to show where background vocal lines are, rather than quickly shuffling two sets of lyrics back and forth together. There’s also a way to put lyrics from multiple singers on each side of the screen, making multi-singer songs even easier to perform together. (Android users will see the new lyrics interface but won’t get the speech level slider.)
The feature will work immediately on only a subset of the Apple Music catalog; the service is focusing on the most popular songs first, then transitioning this technology to less-sung music over time. At launch, Apple Music will feature 50 dedicated playlists of popular songs you can sing along to, highlighting the examples that best showcase its processing capabilities.
One thing I’d like to see in the future is an update to Logic, the audio production software made by Apple, that allows musicians and labels to add their own lyrics and tempos and create spatial audio tracks. This would allow artists to deliver their enhanced experience to listeners with Apple-made headphones like the AirPod Max that support spatial audio. A fix like this could lead to faster adoption of the technology for songs that have no chance of making it into the 50 playlists, which rely heavily on popular songs. It would be a kind of DIY addition that Apple could put into its service to help smaller artists and labels take advantage of these features.
However, for the millions upon millions of us who watch Carpool Karaoke, or who like to embarrass (or show!) ourselves by singing in public with our friends, there really isn’t a better way to do it than I can think of. beyond Apple Music Sing. And now that Apple Music Sing will make built-in karaoke a key feature whoever with an iOS device capable of using, Spotify should really be shaking in its reindeer boots.
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