Apple Watch customers can now ask Siri to play music by means of Spotify. With an update to Spotify’s app in the present day, spotted by 9to5Mac, now you can ask Siri to play music by means of Spotify by ending a music request with “on Spotify.” The instance Spotify provides is one thing so simple as “Hey Siri, play music on Spotify.”
It’s a small replace, nevertheless it’s an overdue one for the Apple Watch. Apple solely began permitting third-party music apps to combine with Siri final 12 months with the launch of iOS 13 and watchOS 6. Spotify instantly started supporting the characteristic on iPhones, nevertheless it’s taken till now to broaden to the Apple Watch.
By default, Siri serves music requests by means of Apple Music. The combination has supplied a bonus of Apple Music because it’s the best service to achieve by voice. Whereas there’s nonetheless a slight hurdle in having to specify “on Spotify” — Android, for example, lets customers set their most popular streaming service and routinely makes use of that for future voice requests — it’s a significant step ahead. That’s significantly true on the Apple Watch, the place you could want to remain hands-free whereas altering what you’re listening to.
Spotify has criticized Apple previously over anti-competitive conduct. Whereas Spotify’s fundamental focus has been the App Retailer, the place Apple topics almost all different firms to a 30 p.c lower of sale (or 15 p.c on ongoing subscriptions), it’s additionally talked about being locked out of Siri. At present’s replace reveals how Apple is beginning to ease up, although nonetheless not fairly as a lot because it might.