iOS 13 beta and HomePod lets you ask Siri to play radio

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"Hey Siri, play BBC Radio One."
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The ability to use Siri to listen to live radio stations is up and running for HomePod users, along with people running the latest iOS 13 beta.

Apple announced the feature at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, boasting support for iHeartRadio, TuneIn and Radio.com streaming radio. That means users can access more than 100,000 different stations using Apple’s AI assistant.

Apple touted using Siri to access radio stations as an iOS 13 feature. It’s therefore no surprise it was on the way. However, not all iOS features work in the early beta versions currently available to developers and thrill seekers. This seems to be an exception.

If you own a HomePod, you can have a go at launching different stations now. Audio quality is reportedly high. The only challenge might involve Siri’s requirement that you use specific wording to access the radio streams. To make things easier, ensure that you use the phrase “radio station” in your request.

Given that Alexa and Google Home already offer this functionality, it’s not a major innovation for Apple. Still, this definitely should make HomePod a bit more useful.

Via: 9to5Mac