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Spotify starts testing Siri support for iOS 13


Spotify app now playing screen
Spotify and Siri are finally a team.
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You will soon be able to ask Siri to play your favorite tracks from Spotify.

The world’s biggest music streaming service just started testing Siri support in iOS 13. It comes after Apple’s latest updates introduced new SiriKit audio APIs that allow third-party access.

Siri’s door was previously closed to third-party music apps. The virtual assistant was restricted to playing songs only from Apple Music or your iTunes library. But that’s no longer the case.

The new SiriKit API introduced in iOS 13 allows the likes of Tidal, Pandora, and even Spotify to take advantage of Siri. The change follows Spotify’s complaint to the European Commission.

Spotify makes friends with Siri

The new functionality, demonstrated in the tweet below from Tom Warren, lets you ask Siri to play from Spotify. You can request songs, albums, and your favorite playlists.

The SiriKit API also allows for things like liking tracks, adding songs to playlists, and more. It’s not yet clear whether those things will be supported by Spotify initially, however.

Spotify is currently testing Siri support in a beta version of its app. Not everyone has access to it yet, then, but it should be available in a future update that’s hopefully not too far away.


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