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TechnologySpotify users may finally be able to start using Siri commands to play music

05:50  14 august  2019
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Being able to use Siri to control Spotify music has been wanted for some time by Spotify users . Right now, all you can do is open the Spotify app, then pause and skip tracks after you start play manually, and Spotify knows this. It still has no immediate plans to use either SiriKit or the Shortcuts

Users will be able to use Siri to play audio and video from third-party apps like Spotify , for example. Before you get too excited, you should know that Siri ’s control over Spotify and other streaming apps won’t offer an experience as rich as Apple Music . Developers will have to integrate support for

Over the past few months, there’s been quite a bit of tension between Apple and Spotify. Not too long ago, for example, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek argued that Apple’s 30% cut from the App Store amounts to an unfair tax on competition. What’s more, Spotify has taken its complaints about Apple’s App Store practices to the European Union where it has levied a range of antitrust claims against the Cupertino-based company.

Spotify users may finally be able to start using Siri commands to play music© Provided by Penske Media Corporation Spotify

That dispute notwithstanding, the two companies appear to be making peace on another front. According to a report from The Information, Apple and Spotify are currently working on a deal that would finally allow Spotify users to play songs from their playlists via Siri commands.

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I'd like to be able to use voice commands to control Spotify while driving. Once you start the app and connnect it to your Spotify account - you can play a song, artist, album or genre That means you cannot use voice commands with Spotify using Siri . A voice command such as " play Spotify "

Example: "hey siri play wolves for spotify . Is there going to be some voice commands to siri where i can play music for spotify ? I am not employed by them, but I like to help other users when I can.

The report reads in part:

The discussions between Apple and Spotify involve a new set of tools that Apple announced in June to give makers of audio apps—for streaming music, podcasts and radio—ways of making those apps work with Siri, a feature that is especially useful in situations where hands-free phone use is important, such as driving.

I’m not sure what percentage of users actually use Siri to play songs regularly, but it’s certainly nice to have that option. And while it’s entirely possible Apple’s moves here are designed to lessen any scrutiny resulting from ongoing anti-trust allegations, it’s also possible that Apple is simply doing what it’s always done, which is to say that it’s slowly but surely extending the functionality of iOS.

Spotify Stations radio app now works with CarPlay

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Users will be able to use commands like "Hey Siri , play Fleetwood Mac from Spotify " to access Spotify instead of Apple Music . On its "Time to Play Fair" website that outlines its dispute with Apple, Spotify recently changed wording reflecting the SiriKit changes in iOS 13.

I’d like Siri support so I can start playback of a playlist for example with a given phrase. I would rather use Spotify than Apple Music , the predictions and curated playlists are far better on Spotify . I don't have Spotify Voice yet unfortunately but with some tweaking I might be able to get the other

It’s worth noting that there’s no clear-cut indication as to when Spotify might update its app to work with Siri, though it stands to reason the company would want to have something ready by the time iOS 13 is released next month. Further, Spotify’s Time to Play Fair website — which lays out a number of reasons detailing how Apple doesn’t play fair — was recently updated to acknowledge the change, while still taking a jab at Apple:

Only recently, Apple announced that it will let us connect with Siri to play your jams…but fails to mention our name (“I want to play [X] on Spotify”) and your HomePod will default to Apple Music.

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Spotify tests simplified speaker handoff feature.
A Spotify feature currently in testing will make it easier for users to switch playback between their phone and home speakers. Once the user sets a favorite device, the app will keep an eye on your location and send a notification to your phone when you're within range of the device. If you're listening to music on your phone while walking home, for example, you'll get a notification prompting you to switch to your smart speaker once you walk through the door. This streamlines the handoff experience, as users won't have to open Spotify and dig through menus to change devices; a single button handles it all.

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