Apple might be ready to agree to a truce with Spotify that would allow iOS users to control the rival music streaming service with Siri.
iPhone users have been unable to use Siri and Spotify together even though you can do it with Apple Music. Reports of the negotiations come as Apple is facing more intense scrutiny for anti-trust practices, with Spotify being one of the loudest dissenting voices.
The Information reports that the recent discussions stemmed from some new Siri APIs added in iOS 13. Spotify wants to add the ability to play songs, playlists and albums with Siri on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Apple Music will likely still remain the default music streaming service on iOS even if Spotify reaches an agreement. In order to access Spotify through Siri, you’ll probably have to give commands like, “Play ‘Suge’ by Dababy on Spotify.” Whereas with Apple Music as the default you can just say “Play ‘Suge’ by Dababy.”
Locked in a battle to gain the most paid subscribers, Apple and Spotify have been bickering throughout 2019. In March, Spotify filed a complaint with the EU complaining that the App Store is unfair. One of the company’s other complaints was that Apple wouldn’t allow Spotify on the HomePod and that you can’t use Siri to play jams.
Spotify recently updated its website though taking back the Siri complaint. The updated language says, “Only recently, Apple announced that it will let us connect with Siri to play your jams…but fails to mention our name.” Spotify hasn’t officially said it’s bringing Siri support to its app when iOS 13 launches, but we’re holding onto hope that we’re about to get more options real soon.