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TechnologyApple is reportedly in talks to let Siri play Spotify tracks

14:30  14 august  2019
14:30  14 august  2019 Source:   engadget.com

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Apple and Spotify are in talks about potentially enabling Siri to play songs, albums, and playlists from the leading subscription music service. We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, show personalized content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic

Spotify and Apple are in talks over a potential "truce" that would allow Siri to play songs, playlists, and albums from Spotify via voice commands from iPhone users, reports The Information. Apple in iOS 13 is introducing SiriKit changes that will allow Siri to play music, podcasts, audiobooks, and

You wouldn't think that Apple and Spotify's relationship would be thawing out anytime soon, given that Spotify has lodged an antitrust complaint against its streaming rival in the EU. However, the two companies are reportedly discussing a plan to let iPhone users play Spotify songs, playlists and albums using Siri voice commands, according to The Information.

Apple is reportedly in talks to let Siri play Spotify tracks

When it unveiled iOS 13, Apple opened up the possibility of Siri working with rival music services via new SiriKit updates. If Apple and Spotify can work something out, you'd be able to play Spotify tunes using Siri from an iPhone without the need to open the app. However, Apple Music would still be the default music service for Siri on Apple devices, according to The Information's sources.

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The publication states that Apple and Spotify are currently holding talks to bring a new plan to the fore that would allow iOS users to “ let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists, and albums with voice commands”. The talks had a jumping off point thanks to new APIs baked into iOS 13, which is set to

Apple and Spotify are reportedly in talks over potentially allowing Spotify users to control music playback with Siri . The talks come as Apple faces As of Tuesday though, that language was no longer on the Spotify site, replaced by this sentence: “Only recently, Apple announced that it will let

As part of its antitrust complaint, Spotify put up a website listing the reasons it feels Apple isn't behaving competitively. Its main gripe is the 15 to 30 percent fee Apple takes on Spotify's subscription service from the App Store. It feels that by acting as a gatekeeper to services like Spotify, while also offering its own app, Apple is competing unfairly.

Spotify originally said that "Apple won't allow us to be on HomePod and they definitely won't let us connect with Siri to play your jams." However, as The Information notes, it changed the wording, which now reads: "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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Wait so Siri is going to be a automatically generated monthly playlist? But why separate it from the Music App?! Beyond that how many other music apps can I use instead?!

The Information reports that both the companies have a plan to let their users control the music by using Siri . iOS 13 will bring in new APIs which will make it possible for Spotify might use this in order to make the playback feature work. Apple has given the liberty to other third-party apps to make use

Google's Assistant and Amazon Alexa both work with Spotify, but Siri does not. Apple has used that fact to push its own Apple Music service, which has tight integration with Siri, HomePod and Apple TV (As of recent counts, Apple Music has over 60 million paid subscribers, while Spotify has north of 100 million premium users.) In any case, the news -- which should be taken with a grain of salt -- isn't likely to derail Spotify's anti-competition suit in the EU.

The Information

Spotify users may finally be able to start using Siri commands to play music.
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. That dispute notwithstanding, the two companies appear to be making peace on another front.

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