Ready for Karaoke Night? How to Use Apple Music Sing

Are you hosting a karaoke night this holiday season? Fancy belting out some tunes yourself? Apple just rolled out Apple Music Sing, a new karaoke feature for Apple Music, with its latest OS updates. It is available to all music streaming service subscribers via supported iPhones, iPads and Apple TVs. Here’s how to put your singing talent to the test.

How to use Apple Music Sing

Apple Music Sing on iPhone

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Many songs in Apple Music include real-time lyrics to help you track the progress of the song. However, only singable songs are optimized for karaoke mode. For compatible songs, tap the quote icon to view the lyrics, then use the microphone icon to adjust the volume of the original artist’s voice. The backing vocals remain intact, with the lyrics hidden beneath the main words in a smaller font. For songs with a duet, the lyrics are aligned to the left and right of the screen to show different singers’ voices.

How to find karaoke songs

How to find karaoke songs

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Apple says millions of songs will be part of the Sing feature at launch, as will 50 dedicated companion playlists. Currently, songs that are karaoke-enabled through Sing can be found in a dedicated section in Apple Music. On an iPhone, tap the search icon at the bottom of the app, then select the curated Sing Tracks section. Within this collection are other curated playlists of karaoke songs like Holiday and Duets.

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Which devices support Apple Music Sing?

Apple Music sings on Apple TV 4K

To use the karaoke feature, you must use a device with an A13 Bionic chip (or higher). It didn’t explain why this hardware is tied to the feature, but that means your supported options are limited.

To use Apple Music Sing on an iPhone, you need an iPhone SE (2022) or a device from the iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 13 or iPhone 14 family of phones running iOS 16.2 and later. For iPad models, you need at least a 12.9-inch 5th generation iPad Pro, 11-inch 3rd generation iPad Pro, 4th generation iPad Air, 6th generation iPad mini or a 9th generation iPad running iPadOS 16.2

If you want to use the karaoke feature on a TV, you’ll need an Apple TV 4K, which was released in late 2022 and is running the latest version of tvOS. Currently, Apple Music Sing is not currently supported on Mac computers or via Apple Music for Android.

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Are microphones compatible with Apple Music Sing?

While Sing is intended to be used as a DIY karaoke system on your phone, the music app isn’t directly compatible with hardware accessories like microphones. However, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck when it comes to the setup experience.

You can connect your iPhone or iPad to an external speaker to boost music volume, and a microphone can be used with this setup to create your own karaoke station. microphone kits(Opens in a new window) can be purchased from a number of online stores including Amazon.

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