Siri won’t answer music questions if you’re not an Apple Music subscriber

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If you want Siri to tell you everything there is to know about music you might need an Apple Music subscription to get the right answers.

The three-month trial period for Apple Music has finally ended, and it appears that not signing up for the monthly service may cost you a bit of Siri functionality.

Angel investor Tom Conrad discovered that Siri refuses to tell users what the top songs are in the U.S. if they’re not Apple Music subscribers.

Siri isn’t exactly taking on a HAL-like personality and refusing to give you data it has access to, though. If you have an Apple Music subscription, asking for the top songs opens up to the Top Songs section in the Apple Music app, so there’s really nothing the personal assistant can do — Apple hasn’t created a secondary resource for it to look for answers in.

Interestingly, if you ask Siri for the top movies, it will take you to iTunes and ask if you want to buy a title. Apple is apparently taking a different tack when it comes to promoting its music service.

The Verge also found that Siri won’t search or music hits in the past if you’re not an Apple Music subscriber. Asking Siri, “What was the top song in the US in March 1983?” without a subscription will yield no results. But if you are a subscriber, Siri will start jamming out to “Baby, Come to Me” by Patti Austin and James Ingram.

All music-related Siri queries have been run through Apple Music ever since the service launched this summer, but it’d be a lot better if Apple at least gave users the option to run a web search instead of having Siri stick out her tongue.

Source: Business Insider