We’re way past the era where Karaoke nights could only be enjoyed at clubs or bars or with the right equipment. Our phones have been becoming a steady replacement for a lot of things these days, and that includes Karaoke as well.
But if going on the hunt for the perfect Karaoke app seems like too much work, there’s some good news for you. Apple Music has just released a new Karaoke feature within the app, namely Sing, that lets you sing along to your favorite songs by controlling the volume for the artist’s vocals.
Apple Music already showed real-time lyrics for songs that are loved by a lot of users. With this newest addition, Apple Music truly adopts the essence of a Karaoke app. This seems like the logical next step in the evolution of the Music app. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple Music Sing.
How Does Apple Music Sing Work?
Apple Music Sing lets you enjoy singing along with your favorite music by controlling the volume of the artist’s vocals. That is, just like karaoke, you can sing along to the music and real-time lyrics but lower the volume for the artist’s vocals to take the lead yourself. But with Apple Music, you can control whether you want to completely mute the vocals or just lower them somewhat.
If it’s a duet, it automatically shows the two lyrics for the two vocals on opposite sides of the screen so it’s easier to follow along. It also animates the lyrics for background vocals separately from the main vocals.
Requirements for Apple Music Sing
The very first requirement to use this feature is that you need an Apple Music subscription. The feature is a part of the streaming service and not a separate app.
You also need to be using iOS 16.2 or later on a supported device. You can update to the latest iteration by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update if you haven’t yet updated.
Additionally, the feature is only available on iPhones 11 or later and iPhone SE (3rd generation). Other than iPhones, it is also available on iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation or later), iPad Air (4th generation and later), iPad (9th generation and later) using iPadOS 16.2 or later as well as Apple TV 4K (3rd generation).
Using Apple Music Sing
Using Apple Music Sing is extremely simple. And the feature might not be available for all songs right now but it is available for an extensive collection, reportedly for tens of thousands of songs. When we tried it, it was available for all songs that had real-time lyrics.
Now, to use the feature, play a song and open the ‘Now Playing’ screen by tapping the player at the bottom.
Then, tap the ‘Lyrics’ button from the bottom-left corner of the player. If the song does not have real-time lyrics, it won’t support the Sing feature either.
Now, to control the vocals, tap the icon with ‘Microphone and Stars’. If a feature does have real-time lyrics but is not compatible with Apple Music Sing, it won’t have this icon.
Tapping the icon will automatically lower the volume for the vocals to a pre-determined level if this is your first time using the feature. You can drag the slider up and down according to your preference. Sing remembers your preference in the future, i.e., the next time you enable the feature, the volume will be adjusted to the level you had last adjusted it to.
To disable the feature, tap the icon once. If you drag the slider all the way up, the feature will be disabled automatically. But in this case, the next time you enable it, it won’t have your last adjusted volume. Instead, it’ll adjust the volume to its predetermined level.
If a song is a duet, you’ll find the separate lyrics on the opposite sides of the screen automatically. That is, you don’t have to do anything else.
Find Karaoke Compatible Songs
Even though you can play any song and go to the lyrics to see if the song supports Apple Music Sing, Apple has also made it extremely easy to get your Karaoke on by releasing dedicated playlists.
You can go to the ‘Search’ tab from the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Then, tap the ‘Sing’ category.
You’ll find curated playlists from Apple in different categories with songs that support the feature.
That’s all. It’s so simple to use Apple Music Sing whether you want to sing by yourself or have a duet with a friend. Now go on and get your Karaoke on.