Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, is unable to control other music services with your voice on iPhone, such as Spotify, but that may soon change.
According to The Information, both companies are in talks to reportedly debut Siri integration for Spotify, allowing users to use voice commands to control the latter to play music and more:
Spotify, the world’s most popular streaming service, is currently discussing a plan with Apple to let iPhone users tell Siri to play songs, playlists and albums with voice commands, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
Spotify and Apple have been embroiled in a bitter regulatory battle in Europe, as the streaming music service alleges Apple blocked Spotify from Siri.
Sweden-based Spotify also has previously voiced its concerns about Apple’s App Store subscription cut, arguing the 15-30% commission the iPhone maker takes from developers is anti-competitive and benefits Apple Music. The Swedish company has publicly lambasted Apple and also filed a complaint with the European Commission.
With new SiriKit features coming in iOS 13—allowing music streaming apps to work with Siri—integration of Apple’s voice assistant with Spotify may become a reality.
Don’t get your hopes up yet, but this report is a good sign for those with Spotify accounts. If Siri integration does debut with Spotify, it could Apple’s pricey HomePod speaker appeal to those with Spotify accounts seeking voice controls.