Hands on with Apple Music Sing on iPhone, iPad, & Apple TV

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Apple Music Sing officially arrives in the iOS 16.2 update. We took it for a spin ahead of the release and will walk you through how it works and what devices are supported.

Apple Music Sing now available
Apple Music Sing now available

Recently announced, Apple Music Sing is a karaoke-like feature for Apple Music users. It allows subscribers to belt out their favorite tracks with the lyrics animating on-screen and independent volume control for the lead vocals.

Availability & supported devices

Apple Music Sing is currently available for iOS 16.2, tvOS 16.2, and iPadOS 16.2 users. As of December 7, 2022, these operating systems are still in the late beta phases. The release is expected before the end of 2022.

Not all devices support the feature, even running the newest operating system updates. Notably, the second-generation Apple TV 4K released in 2021 is absent from the supported devices list.

Apple Music Sing supported devices

How to use Apple Music Sing

Apple Music already has a lyric view that will show the lyrics in real-time with the music, but Apple Music Sing takes things further.

As the music plays, the syllables are highlighted to help you follow along. Additionally, you can control the volume of the lead vocals, so they don't drown you out while you sing.

Apple Music Sing on iPhone
Apple Music Sing on iPhone

To use this new feature, open the Apple Music app and tap on the lyric view icon at the bottom of the screen. If the song supports Apple Music Sing, you'll see a microphone icon appear on screen.

When you tap the icon, you can drag up and down to adjust the volume of the primary vocals. That way, you can keep the background vocals and music loud while the main vocal track has been lowered to your preference.

Apple Music Sing on iPad mini
Apple Music Sing on iPad mini

Another improvement here is how it handles tracks with overlapping vocals. Background or non-lead vocals will be shown in a smaller font and simultaneously, so you know when they are there, but you don't have to sing them.

Background vocals with Apple Music Sing
Background vocals with Apple Music Sing

Singing along with Bruno Mars, we saw many "uh" background vocals appear without being highlighted.

Finally, there is support for duets with Apple Music Sing. This is especially good on Apple TV hooked up to a larger screen.

Duet mode with Apple Music Sing
Duet Mode with Apple Music Sing

We tried several popular duets, and only a few of them support Apple Music Sing quite yet. Ebony and Ivory and Shallow still only showed regular lyric view. A Whole New World though, did support it.

It would split the vocals between the two sides of the screen, making it easy to differentiate which is which.

Available soon

Try out Apple Music Sing if you are beta testing iOS 16.2. If not, it will be publicly released within the next couple of weeks.

Read on AppleInsider


  • Reply 1 of 6
    Weird. Works on my iPhone 14 Pro Max, but a no go on the 11" M1 iPad Pro. I'm sure it'll be resolved by the time the actual release comes around. Hopefully anyway! 
  • Reply 2 of 6
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,834member
    This could be fun
  • Reply 3 of 6
    For a moment there I thought we were going to be treated with some actual singing! ;)  I don’t know if that is a shame or a blessing in disguise. o:)   >:)

    Maybe we need an AI all singing channel on YouTube. <3
    edited December 2022
  • Reply 4 of 6
    Will Apple demo Apple Music Sing at Apple Store? 
  • Reply 5 of 6
    Surely there will be some kind of microphone support, right?
  • Reply 6 of 6
    crofford said:
    Surely there will be some kind of microphone support, right?
    Completely agree… without a mic support, this would just be an unuseful release.
    One / two bluetooth mics, potentially with auto-tune voice improvements.

    Would eventually any third party apps allow this?
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