Spotify Testing Voice Controls Thanks to SiriKit

Spotify subscribers who also use Apple products may soon be able to use Siri to interact with the popular music service on their iPhone or iPad. Spotify is taking advantage of the SiriKit audio API, which was recently made available via iOS 13, to test the Integration. It's not a done deal yet, but iPhone owners can dream.

According to Apple, the SiriKit audio API lets people play and control audio media via third-party apps. The Intents app extension directs media-related requests to the user's preferred third-party app (in this case, Spotify), which then handles the request. Moreover, developers can tap Siri to suggest shortcuts to any audio available within their app. 

Until now, Apple users have not been able ask Siri to help them interact with many third-party apps. This was particuarly true when it came to music: Siri only interacted with Apple Music. The fresh APIs included in iOS 13.1, however, have paved the way for Siri to expand beyond core Apple apps. 

Spotify rolled out a beta version of its mobile app for iOS that includes Siri integration, according to a report from The Verge. Reporter Tom Warren was able to ask Siri to play songs, albums, and playlists in Spotify. The tool works with the Spotify app for iPhone, but not Apple Watch. However, Siri has been integrated seamlessly with Apple's AirPods. Owners of Apple's diminutive in-ear buds can make requests of Siri through their AirPods, which will then spin up music on Spotify. There's no word yet on whether or not Apple is allowing Siri to power third-party music apps on its HomePod smart speaker. 

Siri integration isn't a foregone conclusion for Spotify, not yet anyway. 

"At Spotify, we routinely conduct a number of tests in an effort to improve our User Experience,” said the company to The Verge. "Some of those tests end up paving the path for our broader user experience and others serve only as an important learning. We aren’t going to comment on specific tests at this time."

It's worth pointing out that Spotify rarely tests features in public betas that don't later become available in general releases.



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