In February, beta testers reported iOS 14.5 beta would allow you to select a new default music service. The feature was available when using Siri and many presumed a setting
Now, Apple has clarified in iOS 14.5 beta, you can’t actually select a default music service, reports TechCrunch:
But Apple doesn’t consider this feature the equivalent to “setting a default” — an option it more recently began to allow for email and browser apps.
Instead, the feature is Siri intelligence-based, meaning it can improve and even change over time as Siri learns to better understand your listening habits.
In other words, you can use Siri to listen to the music service of your choice, but you won’t be able to change to a default music service like you can email and browser apps, a recent change made in iOS. There is no setting to change your default music service on devices, clarifies Apple.
The feature is meant for Siri to better understand your listening habits, but not force you to use Apple Music, for instance. TechCrunch points out the increasing regulatory scrutiny Apple is facing with the App Store and its developer guidelines, hence one possible explanation as to why we’re hearing clarification on this matter.
Consider this confirmation from Apple a move to tamper expectations with iOS 14.5; you can’t select a default music service within settings. Only Siri can help you with that (if you’re lucky).