Spotify’s newest update on iOS enabled users to control their music using Siri on the Apple Watch. Although iOS 13 had given third-party music streaming apps the ability to integrate with Siri last fall, Spotify quickly took advantage of the update on iPhone and now the Apple Watch.
Spotify is an international media service provider, headquartered in Stockholm. The company’s primary objective is to provide an audio streaming platform and it is one of the biggest music streaming services. It boasts of 248 million monthly active users and 113 million subscribers, with its paid user base growing 31% year-over-year.
The latest update to Spotify will work with Apple Watch owners who are using the latest watchOS 6 software. Moreover, they can control the playback using Siri commands. Although the update is quite small, it is a long overdue and requested one.
Users can ask Siri to play music through Spotify by ending the music request with “on Spotify”. So, for example, if you want to play music on Spotify using your Apple Watch, it would go something like, “Hey Siri, play music on Spotify.”
Previously, Siri used to, by default, serve music through Apple Music (previously iTunes). The default is still set the same and it does, obviously, give Apple Music an edge since it’s the easiest service to reach by voice. Moreover, there will be a slight hurdle for users since they have to specify “on Spotify” every time they want to play a song on the app. However, it is still nice to have more options. Android, on the other hand, lets users set a preferred streaming app which it automatically uses for future requests. Considering Apple Watch users might need to be handsfree sometimes, the update, thus, is not completely meaningless.
The company had previously accused Apple over anti-competitive behaviour. Spotify’s main problem, however, is the App Store, where Apple levies on almost all other companies a 30% cut of sale (or 15% on ongoing subscriptions). Apart from this, they have time-and-again accused the company of locking them out of Siri. This update might prove to the streaming giant that Apple is starting to ease up, but probably not as much as they would like.
The new version 8.5.52 is available in the App Store now. The release notes say:
“We’re always making changes and improvements to Spotify. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, just keep your Updates turned on.
Bug fixes and improvements in this version include:
Version 1.0 of Spotify via Siri on Apple Watch (watchOS 6+) is available for your enjoyment. Try saying ‘Hey Siri, Play music on Spotify’ or any other voice query of your choice adding ‘on Spotify’ at the end. Happy try!”
Back when it first got Siri support on the iOS 13, the notes declared:
“Spotify users can now ask Siri to play an album or song by appending “with Spotify” to their request. Spotify says the integration works via iPhone, iPad, HomePod, and AirPods as well as Apple CarPlay. However, we’ve found in our testing – as confirmed by 9to5Mac – that HomePod doesn’t yet appear to be working correctly. It’s likely a HomePod software update is required in order for that functionality to arrive.”