Apple TV to Get Siri for Apple Music Searches in 2016

As the first Apple TV 4 reviews pointed out, one of the most useful features is universal search – using Siri. It currently works with videos, but Apple is working on expanding this feature to music as well, according to BuzzFeed.

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The iPhone maker confirmed on BuzzFeed News that it will add Siri-enabled search to Apple Music on Apple TV early next year.

What this means is that you ask Siri to play music for you by saying something like this: “Play the newest Dream Theater album” or “Play Machine Head Bloodstone and Diamonds“. And Siri will take it from there. That’s a nice addition.

It’s like turning the streaming box into a voice-controlled music player: you don’t have to turn to your iPhone to play music. The upcoming addition will position the Apple TV in the living room very well: It’s THE device for playing games, watching videos, and listening to music.

BuzzFeed goes on to speculate that extending voice-controlled universal search to music on the Apple TV will help increase the number of Apple Music subscribers. While the new service is off to a great start, it still has “only” 6.5 million paying users, positioning Apple far behind Spotify, which has more than 20 million subscribers.