Wednesday, 16 October, 2019

Siri is Now Available on Spotify

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Cecil Davis | 09 October, 2019, 05:41

Spotfy has today updated its iOS app to include support for Siri while also releasing a new tvOS app. The Siri controls are available across the Apple product family: iPhone, iPad, Carplay, AirPods, and HomePod via AirPlay. The feature, which is new to iOS and iPadOS 13, is accessible from the Cellular → Cellular Data Options section of the Settings app.

You can update to the latest version of Spotify for iOS through the App Store. You need to explicitly tell Siri to do so in that particular app as opposed to just saying "get directions" or "send a message". This SiriKit framework support now allows Spotify to bring voice commands to control music playback and more. As with many other subscription services, the app presents you with a code to type into a website to connect with its Apple TV app. And, in an extra little perk, Spotify will default to "Data Saver" mode if you have your device's Low Data mode turned on.

The Home tab of Spotify's Apple TV app.

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Apple didn't respond to a request for comment. I have only used Spotify for a short time in Low Data Mode, but I didn't experience any buffering or degradation in the music I listened to despite skipping around in the app's library quite a bit. Obviously, you'll need a device running iOS 13 to take advantage of this feature, but that shouldn't be too hard to achieve considering that the operating system is compatible with iPhones dating back to the iPhone 6S and SE. Those wearing Apple's truly wireless headphones only need to command Siri while wearing them, and the voice assistant will play the songs, albums and playlists they have on Spotify.

Spotify previously had a rift with Apple, calling them out for unfair business practices. Apple Watch owners, however, will be disappointed to know that the feature won't work on the Apple wearable. Customers should say "on Spotify" to make the most of the brand new performance, as an alternative of with the ability to set their default music app to Spotify, which might be simpler.