Looks like Spotify and Apple are coming to a truce, we could soon play Spotify tunes using Siri!
August 15, 2019
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An issue that has long vexed many iPhone users—the inability to play music from Spotify using Siri, Apple’s voice assistant—may soon be a thing of the past. According to theinformation.com, Spotify is currently discussing a plan with Apple to let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists and albums with voice commands. The conversations come amid a growing regulatory battle between the two companies.

In March, Spotify filed a complaint with European competition authorities about the iPhone maker’s business conduct, in which it said Apple blocked the streaming service from working with Siri. Spotify has argued that several other Apple policies—for instance, the 15% to 30% Apple commission from subscriptions sign-ups through iPhone apps—create an unfair advantage for its competing Apple Music service.

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.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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