You can now share Apple Music lyrics over iMessage or as Instagram Stories

As of iOS 14.5, you can share lyrics from Apple Music via iMessage and Instagram Stories, as first discovered by MacStories editor-in-chief Federico Viticci.

When shared over iMessage, an inline card with a play button appears in the conversation. The recipient can hit the play button to hear the section of the song containing the shared lyric.

Other upgrades for the Music app in iOS 14.5 include the new swipe options to add a song to the beginning/end of your listening queue, plus new pop-over menus for common controls.

These new features for the Music app and Apple Music subscribers are currently present in the second betas of iOS 14.5 and iPadOS 14.5, which released for developer testing yesterday.

How to share Apple Music song lyrics

You can share a specific lyric section of any song that supports Apple’s animated lyrics feature.

Just long-tap any line in real-time lyrics to share it as text. Doing so reveals a specialized menu with support for Instagram’s Stories feature and iMessage media cards. You can create longer cards for use in Instagram Stories and iMessage by selecting up to five lines of lyrics.

Who can use this feature?

Sharing song lyrics requires an Apple Music subscription along with the iOS 14.5 software on your iPhone or iPod touch. On the iPad, you need iPadOS 14.5. It should also be available in the Music app on the Mac, but Apple has yet to release a macOS beta that supports lyric sharing.

Apple is currently testing this feature with its registered developers and public beta testers. It will release to all users when the updates release for public consumption around the spring.

Watch this space to stay in the loop!