[SOLVED] Siri in iOS 10 dummer than Siri in iOS 9

iOS & iPadOS

This is probably old news but I just discovered that Siri in iOS 10 is dummer than Siri in iOS 9.

While running iOS 9, if I heard a song I like but didn't know anything about it, I could always ask Siri, "What's playing?", then after a brief listen Siri would tell me the title of the song and who performed it. But in iOS 10 Siri says it can't identify the song because I don't have any music loaded in my phone. I suspect that it wouldn't matter a whit if I had my whole music library loaded, because they removed the Shazam app.

Yes I know I could always install Shazam, but it was so much more convenient on several levels to just ask Siri.

The last time I tried Shazam, it wanted my email address, then I started getting unwanted email crap from Shazam's developers. I tried several times to opt out of their emails, but finally had to just create a filter in my gmail account to delete their emails from the server.

I'm sorry but I refuse to do business of any kind, even if it's free, with anyone that feels they have to spam me with email crap that I can't opt out of.



Submitted by Seanoevil on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I use this SIRI feature quite a bit on my iPhone6S without any trouble.
I am in Australia, run the latest version of IOS10 and have a current Apple Music Subscription.. I have never downloaded or used Shazam.

I hope that you can make it work again on your device.


Submitted by Dawn 👩🏻‍🦯 on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I've tried that too because I heard it works. Well, Siri wasn't being helpful with that. For me, that happened when I got my ipad $ I had ios 9 on it.

I downloaded Shizam 2 months ago & they never asked for my ekail address. So I'm thinking they changed the policies. I recommend re-downloading it because it's great when it comes to finding out the name of a song & who sings it! I agree that there are accessibility issues, but if you're like me & you just use it to find out who sings a song & what its name is, then that part is accessible.

Submitted by J.R. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Try asking what am I listening to? Thats what I understood to say and it worked last i used it and that was on ios 10. Hope this helps.

Submitted by Chuck Winstead on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

YOu may need to try asking name this tune. Though keep in mind if you have a song playing Siri will name the song you are playing on your phone and not what you are trying to have it listen too.

Submitted by Igna Triay on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Try asking what song is this. It works for me

Submitted by Carlos Alonso on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I usually say what's playing? even if it's not playing on my iPhone but on another source like the car's stereo

Submitted by Justin on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I always make sure the music is playing on another device rather than on my device I ask siri to find out what song I am listening to. Las time I tried this it worked perfectly.

Submitted by LaBoheme on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shazam is crap anyway, and siri relies on Shazam, so it ain't any better. soundhound is 100 times better. soundhound can recognize the song even if you just whistle or sing the tune yourself, and it recognizes classical music, Shazam can't do any of those.

Submitted by Orko on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mystery, if you want to call it that, solved.

All this time I thought by "Music" Siri nent music tracks, but it means the Apple Music app! Since iOS 10 allows it, I deleted all the apps it would allow me to that I didn't hneed which included both the iTunes and Music app! I don't treat my phone as a media player, for that I have the Victor Reader Stream.

To be able to identify music you are listening to on some other device, Siri needs the Music app to be installed.

Submitted by david s on Tuesday, February 14, 2017


LOL. You know, instead of being critical of Apple products all the time, just ask for help. All your posts seems to always say how crappy this is or that when it’s actually an issue on your part. I am not an Appple fanboy and I come to applevis to learn and help others but it is getting annoying when someone not familiar with the device blames everyone but themselves.

Why would you delete something without knowing what consequences it will have then blame the device if something doesn’t work.

If you don’t know, ask a question. Don’t be quick to fault the IOS or the device.

HTH and good luck.

Submitted by Justin on Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Agreed. Just ask a question rather than complain on how "bbad" apple products are, which really they aren't.

Submitted by Orko on Friday, February 17, 2017

At least I am willing to admit when the mistake was mine.

So instead of vilifying me for my mistakes, why not try posting something useful, such as how I'm supposed to know that the music app is where the Shazam components are that Siri uses to identify songs? There are no references to it in the app itself.

Further, Siri doesn't say it can't identify the song because the music app is not on the phone, instead it says it can't identify the song because there is no music on the phone, a rather ambiguous phrase.

So if placing blame is so important to you as it seems to be, blame Apple for not making the meaning of that message clear.


Submitted by david s on Sunday, February 19, 2017


It’s your subject line. Instead of asking why Siri cannot identify the songs in IOS 10, you assumed it’s broken and berated the IOS. And you know what they say about assume. Hence my previous subject line, Just ask a question.

Again, I am not an Apple fan boy but I do appreciate good work when I run into it. Is Apple perfect? No, but in my opinion, it’s much better than any Android or Windows phone out there when it comes to accessability and OS support.

Don’t take my word for it, get a used Samsung phone and try it out.

HTH and good luck.