I love being able to whisper instructions to Siri as I walk along the street. My favorite trick is to get her to play a song, album or playlist. “Play something by Daft Punk,” I order, and off he goes. The problem is that I use Spotify and Rdio for most of my music, and Siri doesn’t talk to either of them.
But this neat hack will get her most of the way there.
The hack, by Paul Lamere, works via SMS. You text the name of an artist to a special phone number and receive a reply with a Spotify link right there in the body. Tap that link and it’ll open in Spotify and start playing.
Paul made the service, called “a longer life for post-rock fans” (it keeps you safe whilst driving) at this week’s South By Southwest Artists Hack. To set it up, you just need to create a contact with the special number (603-821-4328), and behind the scenes the Twilio service goes to work.
So, assuming your contact is called Music Player, you’d say this to Siri:
Me: Send a text to Music Player.
Siri: What would you like it to say?
Me: Explosion in the Sky.
Siri: OK, I’ll send it.
And magically the link will be returned thus.
I think that’s pretty neat, although not quite as good as having Siri actually talk to Rdio or Spotify. Still, one day…